Solomon Islands National Teachers’ Association (SINTA) has a new president.
He is Philip Silas Ika, who was elected last week.
Ika was elected during SINTA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Prior to his election, he was SINTA’s vice-president.
Hailed from east Kwaio in Malaita, Ika is a teacher at Mbua Valley Community High School in Honiara.
Under the old constitution, only the vice-president is elected while the president is appointed.
However, during last week’s meeting, SINTA members amended the constitution to ensure all the posts are acquired through secret ballot.
A new vice-president was also elected last week.
He is Fr Patterson Tako from Savo Island, the chaplain of Norman Palmer School in east Honiara.
There were four candidates who contested the post of vice president.
By LESLEY SANGA