Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Students in church secondary schools will be sitting for their year ending Maths and Maltese examinations and will not be affected by the directive issued by the Malta Union of Teachers (MUT) in the past days.
Informed sources told Newsbook.com.mt that that the examination papers have been prepared since a while ago and that these students have been informed from the heads of their schools on Wednesday about their exams. The same sources also added that there are still a number of issues on the matter even though the examinations are still happening, as there are church schools that are lacking teachers in others subjects.
From his end, Education minister Evarist Bartolo said that only 3.5% of teachers have a full workload of 25 lessons per week as per the collective agreement. The teachers that spoke with Newsbook.com.mt said that in reality the numbers are much higher than those quoted by the Minister as statistics do not include church schools. Church school teachers are annoyed that the Minister is trying to portray a picture where everything is fine.
Meanwhile, when asked by Newsbook.com.mt, the Maltese Catholic Education Secretariat said that they have asked church school if they had issues in sharing examination papers with other schools that are in a difficult situation. In reply, the MUT said that if sharing of papers should take place, then it will declare industrial action against the Secretariat and also issue directives to its members. The union told the Secretariat that they cannot circulate examination papers to other schools. From its end the Secretariat issued another other to ignore previous instructions.