Schools have started closing; Govt’s measures not enough – FELTOM

20,000 student arrival cancellations

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FELTOM, the Federation of English Language Teaching Organisations in Malta, said that the Government’s measures to help businesses with regards to the coronavirus outbreak are not enough, as schools have already started closing and teachers have started being laid off. This comes as a direct result of 20,000 students having cancelled their plans to study English in Malta.

In a statement, FELTOM expressed its agreement with the position taken by MHRA and the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry which stated that the measures announced by Government will do very little to save jobs.

The ELT sector was the first to start feeling the effects of this pandemic, effects that were confirmed by a Deloitte survey commissioned by FELTOM in the first week of March which described the situation as “the perfect storm” for all English language teaching organisations.

A second study published by Deloitte and presented yesterday, shows how to date, the number of cancellations has increased from 4,000 student arrivals as at the 5th of March to 20,000 student arrival cancellations as at the 16th of March. These figures are equivalent to 7,500 cancellations per week across all the schools, an increase of 400%.

The financial impact of these cancellations to date, is expected to lead to an estimated loss in contribution of €8.8 million and an estimated financial loss to the economy of €23.7m.

“Amidst this scenario, our prime concern is the staff and the schools who are the pillars of Malta’s successful and thriving ELT sector, a sector that has always been an important contributor to Malta’s tourism industry and the economy at large,” says FELTOM.

FELTOM also appealed to the Banks to be more responsive to their clients’ communications especially in the light of the fact that Government’s measures are not official and there have been no instructions nor legal notices to banks on how these measures can be taken advantage of.