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Teachers Strike for Better Learning Environment

SchoolA number of schools around the state will be either closed or offering modified education programs today (Monday July 1) due to a strike by teachers who voted to stop work.

They’ll be calling for better learning environments as well as improved conditions and pay for teachers.

Whyalla teachers are engaging in a rally at the Department of Education office at 115 Nicolson Avenue marching to the Westland Shopping Centre where Member for Giles, Eddie Hughes’ office is.

The Australian Education Union are calling for better salaries, improved country school conditions, fair treatment to all employees including addressing the gender inequality.

They also want more teachers to reduce class sizes and sustainable workloads.

AEU SA Branch president Howard Spreadbury says many people thought the strike was just about the pay rise not several other issues.

"To be a world-class education system in South Australia, we need to offer nationally competitive salaries to all educators working in the public education sector,” he said.

"We are already aware that many teaching graduates are being enticed interstate by better offers."

Teachers had a half-day strike in November last year calling for the same things which resulted in wages being lifted by 2.35% per year till 2022.

S.A. Treasurer Rob Lucas said the offer to increase wages was exceptionally fair and asked the state's 28,000 educators to postpone the strike until the school holidays.

"We are disappointed, but perhaps not surprised, that the union bosses from the AEU have got their wish and proceeded down the path of maximum disruption and chaos for parents, grandparents and students in the final week of the term,'' he said.

Parents should be notified of what their child’s school is doing however if you’re unsure, a full list of the schools is below.

Augusta Park Childhood Services Centre

Booborowie Playcentre

Booborowie Primary School

Brinkworth Preschool Centre

Brinkworth Primary School

Clare High School

Flinders View Child Parent Centre

Gladstone High School

Hawker Area School

Hincks Avenue Primary School

John Pirie Secondary School

Kadina Memorial School

Koolunga Primary School

Laura Preschool Centre

Laura Primary School

Long Street Primary School

McRitchie Crescent Children's Services Centre

Memorial Oval Primary School

Moonta Area School

Napperby Preschool

Napperby Primary School

Neta Kranz Children's Centre

Norrie Stuart Childhood Services Centre

Naracoorte High School

Port Augusta West Primary School

Port Pirie West Primary School

Risdon Park Primary School

Riverton and District High School

Roxby Downs Area School

Snowtown Primary School

Snowtown School Based Preschool

Solomontown Primary School

Stirling East Primary School

Stirling North Childhood Services Centre

Stirling North Primary School

Whyalla High School

Whyalla Special Education Centre

Whyalla Stuart Early Childhood Centre Kindergarten