Between 60% and 78% of state school students show up on first day

Classroom school
Miguela Xuereb

Between 60% and 78% of state school students have turned up on Wednesday, as the planned phased return commenced.

The government said that a total of 5,489 students went to school on Wednesday. Of the pupils in kindergarten Year II 60% showed to class, followed by 77% of Year Six primary students and 78% of Year nine students.

The school year was disrupted following the outbreak of coronavirus in Malta which saw schools close down in an attempt to bring the pandemic under control. Teaching was then transferred online.

The reopening of schools was postponed from its original date as education authorities adopted a phased return allowing for schools to make the necessary preparations under new health protocols aimed at minimizing the risk of transmission.

The measures include protocols on how children enter schools, employment of security officers at the school entrance, an increase of 40% in hours spent cleaning the school, social distancing measures implemented in class, the use of social bubbles, the use of face masks among other measures.

Education Minister Owen Bonnici thanked educators, staff, parents and students for their cooperation.