‘Highly-unionised’ educators will help ensure vigilance in schools – Bonnici

Owen Bonnici
Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A highly-unionised education sector will help ensure that Covid-19 protocols are properly followed, Education Minister Owen Bonnici said in Parliament on Monday.

In a reply to a parliamentary question by PN MP Maria Deguara, Bonnici emphasised that the trade unions involved would remain vigilant as they sought to safeguard the health of their members.

“And for this, I thank them,” the minister added.

Bonnici also highlighted that the ministry had its own regulators, which operated autonomously of him and of the permanent secretary.

“There will be a lot of vigilance, because without it, we could open schools only to have to close them in a couple of days,” he said.

The minister emphasised his belief that it was ideal for children to be in classrooms, though he said that in light of the circumstances, the difficult decision was made to allow parents not to send their children to school.

But he appealed to parents not to abuse this option: while not sending children with underlying health conditions to school was understandable, he urged parents who had no such considerations to make to reconsider keeping their children away from the classroom.