Papua New Guinea Teachers' Association Must Stand Up For Teachers Without Media Bashing

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There is no need to go on strike yet. Teachers from Elementary to Secondary schools in each province has reps. They form the PNGTA. There needs to be a collaborative effort from them to fight for teachers remuneration and benefit. 

Unlike before, Facebook (and access to it) has changed the way Papua New Guineans communicate. PNGTA Chairman and reps from 22 provinces should, first, create an avenue for discussion. FB would be a good place to start. 

Second, they must stay in touch with teachers - communicate: find out if they have received their pay increase, Boarding and Duty allowances...etc. They have to have facts and figures at their finger tips. 

Third, those information must be presented to National Department of Education, Teachers' Service Commission and Education Minister on regular basis - this is their job. They MUST do that as well as 'media-bashing'. 

Fourth, PNGTA must pursue legal challenges to ascertain irregularities in teachers entitlements if they have to. They must ensure that the govt remains true to its PROMISES of pay increase. As I posted sometime ago, by 2016 every public servant will have realised a 30% increase in their salaries - this includes the teachers. 

That implied that PNG government has made a promise to pay the increase. So, PNGTA has to ensure that the government does what it says. If teachers are not receiving the increase or other entitlements over a year, they have to determine why. 

Finally, the onus is on PNGTA and teachers' reps in each province. IF the association feels that there is a need to call for a strike action,  by all means, they must do. But, going on strike (or pretending to go on strike by going to media like the PNGTA chairman did) is not the best way forward.