UPE issues further directives

Talks with Education Ministry over schools closure fail

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The Union for Professional Educators, UPE – Voice of the Workers, said that until now, the discussions held between the Ministry for Educations have not been fruitful and it will wait until midnight today for the ultimatum to come to a close and then take action, as the current situation, where COVID-19 is concerned, is dire, “the numbers speak for themselves and are, to say the least, alarming,” said the UPE in a statement published on Tuesday.

The Union had a meeting, Monday morning, with the Ministry of Education to discuss the closure of schools and the proposal for an immediate move for lessons to be held online.

UPE said that if it does not get a clear response from the government, it will be given no choice other than to take the situation in hand and take all the possible measures it has legally available to safeguard our members and our students in the best way possible.

For this reason, the Union has issued the following directives to all its members working in State and Church Schools;

  • Members of the UPE who are working in Kindergarten are to stop giving lessons and should report to the SMT if students above the age of 3 are not wearing a mask or visor, with the exclusion of students with sensory issues
  • Members of the UPE who are working in the Primary sector are not to accept any changes to their existing time-table or work-schedule
  • Members of the UPE are to work to rule and are not to do any voluntary or extra work within the school
  • LSE’s who are members of the UPE are not to accept any replacement lessons but are to remain in their class assisting other students as per job description
  • LSE’s who are members of the UPE and who are currently working as relievers within Kindergarten classes which have the stipulated amount of students as per collective agreement 16.2 are to remain in class as a class LSE
  • Members of the UPE are to refrain from submitting assessments related to LOFs