MUT requests protocols for school closures

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Malta Union of Teachers has requested protocols for school closures in a statement on Saturday. Malta has reported its highest daily record to date, after 204 new infections were detected overnight.

The union said that it is expecting the education authorities to initiate discussions on the protocols for school closure, adding that the high number of daily positive cases and the alarming virus transmission in the community is impacting schools, educators, students and families.

Anytime some schools would have to close, the union stated, noting that the criteria which shall lead to such closure are not known.

The MUT questioned the uniformity in the approach, as there cannot be distinction between state and non-state schools or between primary, secondary or post secondary levels.

The MUT said it expected this situation to be given priority whilst it affirms again that it was the Government which opened schools and whatever happens in schools or as a result of their physical opening is entirely its responsibility.

During the first wave, the government had closed down schools in mid-March when the number of active cases was lower than those being reported over the past few days.

On Friday, the Maltese Association of Psychiatrists maintained that schools should remain open as they highlighted the importance of children and youths returning to school. The association maintained that this was not just important for their academic study but was also important for their wellbeing.

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