Teachers rally against closures

20:21, Feb 18 2013

A rally against the Government's plans to shut Christchurch schools will be held this afternoon.

Plans for teachers to strike were put on hold last week. Instead, a rally and march will go ahead at CBS Canterbury Arena at 4pm.

New Zealand Educational Institute national president Judith Nowotarski said the strike was called off after the Ministry of Education promised to work with the union to ensure school staff and communities were genuinely consulted on future decisions.

"The ministry has agreed to discuss ways to ensure that from now on teachers and school communities are at the heart of genuine engagement and changes to education in Christchurch."

Staff wanted to call off the strike so they could remain at school to support students during a difficult time, she said.

"Tuesday's rally will show just how concerned teachers and the community are about education."

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