Please, end the strike

THE second teachers’ strike has entered its third week. We still don’t know how soon this will end. The Government has warned teachers to resume duty or face disciplinary action. Teachers in Honiara met over this threat yesterday. They refused to back down and instead blamed Government’s ignorance for the situation. Except for a few…

Gov’t please, end the strike

SO our teachers have resumed their nation-wide strike action. And the Government has chosen to remain silent in the face of this national crisis. This is unbelievable. The least this nation expects of its leaders is to step out and tell them whether their children will return to their classes Monday next week or not.…

Holding back women hurts everyone

TODAY is International Women’s Day, and a perfect time to reflect on why it is so important to promote gender equality in the Pacific. In the last decade: womens voices are increasingly being heard and more women are entering the formal workforce. And in the Pacific, political leadership has endorsed the Pacific Leaders Gender Equality…

Skeleton in the closet

I THINK that the prime minister’s intention to sue the Solomon Star and the Forum Solomon Islands International (FSII) for the publication of allegations of sex scandal will be personally and politically detrimental to him. It will harm, more than help, his reputation. I am therefore surprised that his lawyer and close associates have advised…

NPF for whose interest?

It can choose to be transparent and reveal all or wait for the legal challenge or a Commission of Enquiry, or both, to unravel its callous handling of the Members’ Fund.  Last Wednesday 21 November, in the Solomon Star, Malaita Ma’asina Forum (MMF) warned NPF that if it did not come clean on certain actions…

Fellowship for our public officers

FOR the first time in the history of this country the government was able to organise a church fellowship program for its public officers. The country had seen the public officers engaging in social activities such as the inter-ministry league where public officers came together to compete in sporting activities. This is to address some…