March 28, 2020 at 1:18 pm
Statement by the MUT following decisions announced this morning by the Ministry for Education and Employment
The announcement made by the Ministry for Education and Employment this morning follows discussions carried out by the task force (working group) which has been set up by the Ministry upon the request made to the Prime Minister by the MUT. The working group, which has representatives from the state sector, the church sector and the independent sector together with MUT was working in parallel and in collaboration with MATSEC, the University of Malta and the respective Curriculum Directorate within MEDE. The decisions announced by the Ministry this morning reflect the lengthy discussions held by the working group and the other entities.
The MUT is satisfied about the decision, which has been announced and which reflects its positions made in the past weeks in the respective fora. This is a compromise in the current very difficult and unique situation, and which does not discriminate against students while avoiding additional burdens on educators. The closure of schools until the end of this scholastic year brings a new scenario, which requires further discussions and decisions. All this has been achieved whilst at the same time ensuring salaries and respecting conditions of work of all educators in the circumstances. However today’s decisions, as announced by the Ministry, reflect in full the commitment of all to safeguard the health and safety of educators, students and the respective families without penalising students. Furthermore it addresses the pressing questions regarding examinations.
The MUT shall continue to work to overcome the logistics of the decisions which have been announced whist protecting educators. Let’s find solutions for the current problems, let’s find ways to take care of ourselves and let’s help each other in every way that we can. The MUT invites members who request any clarifications to communicate directly with officials through the usual channels.