SCHOOLS may be forced to close in October when the two largest teachers’ unions go on strike.
Over two thirds of the teachers on the Isle of Wight belong to the NUT and NASUWT. The unions are unhappy with education secretary Michael Gove’s proposals for pensions and pay.
John McGee, the NUT secretary for the Isle of Wight, said: "This is not an issue with individual schools but with the government and Mr Gove’s refusal to hold talks with the unions."
The union is hoping for total support, with all members in the south east, south west, north east and London, being asked to take part in a walkout on October 17.
This could cause chaos for parents, as schools will be forced to close.
Teachers have no obligation to inform schools whether they intend to take part in the strike and many parents could be left in the dark until 8am on the day of the strike.
The NUT said schools should come up with contingency plans.
Mr McGee said: "Teachers would rather be in work, many of them are parents too, but there comes a time when something needs to be done."
The unions’ anger comes from proposed changes to pensions and pay.
Mr McGee said: "Teachers’ pensions are already being attacked. They are being asked to pay more but it’s not going into their pensions. It’s just to make up a shortfall in government funds."
Further strikes could also be called in December.