THE planned national strike by teachers has been condemned as untimely although their grievance is genuine.
PNG Education Advocacy Network executive director Priscilla Kare said the timing of the strike was not right because students were preparing for their national examinations.
She said education was a child’s right and to target and disrupt his or her education was wrong. She urged teachers to think about the consequences of their intended action.
“Students (Grades 8, 10 and 12) are psychologically getting ready for their big exams and we do not want them to blame teachers at the end of the academic year if results are not up to expectation,” Kare said.
She said teachers and the government must find alternative ways to deal with the grievances on pay raised by the teachers and not target the innocent children whose rights to education were entrusted on them.
She suggested that the teachers could use organisations such as her education advocacy network to highlight their problems.
She urged the Government to address the teachers’ grievances if it is serious about achieving its Vision 2050.
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