“An agreement that respects Church Schools’ identity”

Archbishop Charles Scicluna said that the new collective agreement between the Malta Union of Teachers (MUT) and the Secretariat for Catholic Education continues to respect the Church Schools’ autonomy and identity.

Mons. Scicluna explained how all Church Schools follow the Catholic ethos, where students are treated with humanity and dignity, and education is set on the pillars of care and liberty. He referred to education as a key contribution towards democracy, which is in itself built on human dignity, freedom of choice and the commitment to common social well-being.

He further lauded the dedication of the general Maltese teaching corps and stressed on the need to appreciate teachers and the essential role that they have in the formation of future adults and respectful and socially adept individuals.

The archbishop thanked teachers for the sacrifices that they make for their students’ sake. He also thanked the MUT  and the Secretariat for Catholic Education for their huge efforts during the negotiations of this new collective agreement and said he hopes that it is implemented with the best intent, referring particularly to the dignity and the rights of the teaching body whose duty is to safeguard the best interest of the students.