During a meeting held with affected members, the MUT announced its disagreement with the Ministry for Education on the number of peripatetic, complementary and services teachers required to take classes in primary because of the new classes being opened due to the COVID measures. There is a disagreement, however, that despite the information provided by the ministry, that all real (non-COVID) vacancies were filled through new recruits this year, the MUT has information from schools who are still requiring teachers to fill these vacancies. The MUT is also not in agreement with the ministry regarding the number of extra classes needed to be opened to implement the protocol. The information received contradicts what is being said by the ministry.
The MUT is also highly concerned that should the ministry proceed with its plans to deploy a considerable number of these teachers to take primary classes, the peripatetic, complementary and services in the primary will be highly diluted and this shall affect students who shall not have sufficient tuition in a considerable number of subjects.
To this effect, the MUT has declared a trade dispute with the ministry and is issuing directives to affected members. Should MUT members who are peripatetic, complementary and working within services get contacted by the Directorate to take a class, they can communicate with the MUT through the usual channels.