Teachers in the Solomon Islands are on indefinite strike until longstanding issues connected with their pay are resolved. This is the third time this year that the teachers have had to strike in their fight for pay justice. According to Samson Faisi, President of the Solomon Islands National Teachers Association (SINTA), the problem has been waiting for resolution for nearly 20 years.

Education in the Solomon Islands is not freely available to all: according to some sources, only 60% of children have access to primary education and this situation is exacerbated by the failure of the government to pay teachers properly.

SIMTA have withdrawn from negotiations until the pay issue is resolved - after that they will discuss issues such as housing allowances for teachers which are also outstanding.

In spite of government threats to striking teachers, SIMTA says the response of its members is solid throughout the country and no-one is going back to school until the government completes the pay relevelling exercise which had been promised.

Like many countries in the Global South, the Solomon Islands is receiving the attentions of the International Monetary Fund which is urging it to control public spending