Educators at Qormi & Blata l-Bajda schools test positive for COVID-19

Updated 12:17 PM

Tista' taqra bil- Malti. is informed that an employee at Klabb 3-16 which forms part of San Ġorġ Primary Schools in Qormi has tested positive to coronavirus.

Sources informed this newsroom that contact tracing is underway after the employee contracted the virus as the person was in contact with the students and other colleagues.

in the meantime the Union of Professional Educators – Voice of the Workers, UPE announced that an educator at St. Gorg Preca College, Blata l-Bajda, Middle School has also contracted the virus.

The union again recommended to all educators to remain vigilant at all times.

During the past few days the UPE has announced COVID-19 cases in schools; Dingli, Birkirkara, Tarxien, Naxxar, Pembroke and Qormi.

UPE issues directive at Żejtun Secondary school

The Union of Professional Educators said it has also been notified by its members working at St. Thomas More College, Żejtun Secondary, that they are being required to work in an environment which is not allowing for teaching, and learning, to be effective.

According to these educators they were required to teach in a hall which has been divided into three parts by two-metre-high partitions.

“One can just imagine the difficulty incurred by educators who are being put in a position where noise levels coming from all three classes, together with the inevitable muffling resulting from the masks which need to be worn by the educators and students alike, are nullifying the efforts being made in the transmission of information during the lessons,” said the UPE.  

Due to the nature of these makeshift classrooms, no videos or resources with additional sounds can be made use of, as these would only further disrupt the lessons in the adjacent classes, and create an even more chaotic environment as a whole.

In view of this the UPE issued the following directive; Educators who are members of the UPE and who are working in mentioned Hall at St. Thomas More College, Żejtun Secondary, are not to deliver lessons in that location but expect to be assigned a regular classroom. If no classroom is made available for use, these educators are to refrain from delivering their lessons altogether.