West Sussex teachers’ strike action rapped

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STRIKE action by West Sussex teachers last month was condemned as ‘premature’ during a county council meeting.

A cabinet report said ‘considerable disruption’ was caused to children’s education and to the lives of their parents/carers when 80 schools in the county closed and 81 were partially closed.

Cllr Peter Griffiths, cabinet member for education and schools, said it was extremely unfortunate that the action – called by two teachers’unions – was taken.

Not only did it affect the schools and pupils, and those who had to stay at home rather than go to work, but it also put school governing bodies through some hoops as well.

“Very, very hard decisions had to be made,” said Cllr Griffiths.