December 20, 2018 at 3:50 pm
Reaction by the MUT to the Government reply in relation to the School Food Issues
The MUT takes note of the reply by the Government but is still not satisfied nor assured by it. The legal notice cannot be taken in isolation but in conjunction with the healthy eating policy of 2015 and the two circulars issued by the Ministry for Education and Employment earlier this year. The directives issued yesterday by the MUT in fact refer to these two circulars, which contain lists of permissible and prohibited foods, checklists to be used by the health inspectors and various other related documents. Apart from this, some school policies have since then gone overboard and have added their own extreme regulations such as educators having to smell drinks before giving permission to each student to drink from their own bottle. The MUT believes that the current situation has become ridiculous and that the 2015 policy was enough to regulate healthy eating in schools. In conclusion, the industrial dispute and the directives will remain in place until further notice.