SURREY (NEWS1130) – Your kids may not have to worry about another year of job action by teachers.

Education Minister George Abbott says he’s not prepared to go through another year of teachers’ job action, suggesting an end in time for the 2012/2013 school year if a resolution has not been found by the end of the cooling-off period.

“We’ll need to have some kind of an agreement in the absence of a mediator agreement. Of course, we have to look at legislating a solution. It’s been done many times over the past 30 years, but it’s not something I want to do at all. If it’s absolutely necessary to do it,  then we would of course do it.”

Abbott hopes both sides can reach an agreement, and notes they are still talking, but the minister admits there has not been much softening nearly one year after the dispute started.

Teachers staged a three-day walkout in March and are currently refusing to perform extracurricular duties.