PNGTA boss says teachers will not support call for nationwide protest

Ugwalubu Mowana (Picture borrowed from Post Courier) 

The PNG Teachers Association (PNGTA) will not be part of the proposed nationwide stop work next Thursday and Friday the 25th and 26th October 2018.

That is according to PNGTA National General Secretary Mr Ugwalubu Mowana in an interview today.

Mr Mowana told Legend FM News thus far they have been contacted by a number of groups concerning this boycott but have chosen to distance themselves from it.

“We will NOT be a part of this boycott.”

“This is simply because we as teachers have a code of ethics and a responsibility to the children of this nation.”

A total of 133,745 Grade 8 students in 3,078 Primary Schools will sit for their Certificate of Basic Education Examination from Monday 22nd October-Thursday 25th October 2018.

Our teachers will not stop work out of their duty to these students and the rest of those in schools nationwide.

Mr Mowana added that while it is true teachers may have their own issues; they are in dialogue with the PNG Teachers Service Commission and the National Department of Education and will adhere to that process.

“We are committed to talking with employers because we want a resolution to the teachers’ pay issues but we will adhere to our communications and follow process.”

Mr Mowana further stated, “This proposed boycott is expected to take place during the National Grade 8 examinations and our first and foremost duty is to the children of PNG hence we will not stop work, despite our own issues.”

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