Australia

SA teachers plea: 'we need respect'

South Australia's public school teachers are on strike Monday over a pay and conditions dispute. (AAP)

Teachers at more than 250 public schools across South Australia have walked out of classrooms over a pay and conditions dispute with the state government.

Thousands of teachers have gathered across South Australia to strike over a pay and conditions dispute with the state government.

More than 250 state government schools were closed on Monday, as members of the Australian Education Union rallied outside Parliament House in Adelaide and at Whyalla, Port Lincoln and Mt Gambier.

The union says the action has not been taken lightly as it fights for a better education system for its members and for children.

It recently rejected an offer of a 2.35 per cent annual pay rise from the government along with other changes to working conditions because of fears about their impact on the learning environment.

"We think that is too important to compromise," the union said in a statement.

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