Teachers across the Solomon Islands are back on strike, saying the government has failed to honour a salary deal.
It was only six weeks ago that the last teachers’ strike in the Solomon Islands ended.
Solomon Islands National Teachers Association president Samson Faisi says Friday’s strike will continue indefinitely.
“We are only representing teachers and the welfare of teachers here,” he said.
“If the government is so worried about kids not going to school then it must address the issues that are affecting teachers at the moment.” (Australian Network News, 2013)
This article covers the second time in two months that teachers across the Solomon Islands have gone on strike.
It shows the conflict between the Solomon Islands National Teachers Association and the government. The teachers were apparently promised a better salary and the government has not kept their word.
This story concerns many people in the Solomon Islands. It effects the children who are not being educated during the strike, the parents of the children, the government and especially the teachers.
Education is always going to be very important to the public. While the reporters of this news story are using the angle that the teachers are being unfairly paid by the government, this could be false. If the story was further researched, would the truth be revealed that the teachers did indeed receive a pay rise after the first strike? Did they decide it still wasn’t enough and threaten the government with yet another strike to get a further pay rise? This protest could cause the public to pressure the government into giving the teachers more money, for the sake of the children’s education.
This is an example of how a reporter could be biased towards a certain party in the story, whether it was intentional or not. Although there is no proof to say that my theory is correct, that is no reason to believe that my theory could not be plausible at all.
The point is that journalists need to research every aspect of the story to find the truth. The public expects the truth from reporters and believe nearly everything they read to be the facts. When it comes to stories about education in the news, it is especially important to be accurate to give the public an honest vision of what exactly is happening.