Document for re-opening of schools lacks adequate reference for students with disability – MFOPD

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The Malta Federation of Organisations Persons with Disability, MFOPD, noted there is only one page, in the document stating the Advice and Guidelines to the Educational Sector for the re-opening of Primary and Secondary Schools in Malta which refers to students with disability.

The document has been circulated and details were publicly given last Wednesday by the Public Health Superintendent Prof. Charmaine Gauci and the Education Ministry Permanent Secretary, Frank Fabri. They both had insisted that “the broad guidelines will have to be accompanied by detailed protocols that are being discussed with all stakeholders”.

The MFOPD issued a statement on Monday saying that ‘only the students who need nappy changing and or feeding, and those who need holding came to mind to the professionals who drafted the document.’

The federation asked about the other students who do not have these needs and rely on the support of their LSE? What are the guidelines with regards and this vis-a-vis class schooling, one to one schooling within a school environment and those who for some reason have to opt for online learning?

It also questioned who are the stakeholders the detailed protocols are being discussed with?

The Malta Federation of Organisations Persons with Disability described the document as half baked with regards students with disability saying that this resulted from the total lack of involvement and collaboration with the NGO’s.

“For the umpteenth time, MFOPD is publicly bringing up this continuously repeated lack of consultation, and at all levels, by all persons in authority and policymakers with us NGOs in all that matters our sector,” said the Federation.