‘Vulnerable Educators should work online’ – UPE issues directives

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The Union of Professional Educators – Voice of the Workers said that in view of the recent developments with Malta consistently registering high daily number of positive coronavirus cases together with an equally high transmission rate, vulnerable educators are not to go to school and they should remain home and be available to work online.

UPE said that educators and the general public are being put at high risk of contagion with the re-opening of schools, as well as possibly exposing them to the possibility of suffering long-term repercussions to their health.

For this reason, the Union has officially requested that the Ministry of Education and Employment to issue a risk assessment for every school, as well as an individual risk assessment for vulnerable educators, to ensure a safe working environment for all.

In the meantime, the UPE is issuing the following directive; Educators, who are members of the UPE, who fall under the vulnerable category, as was announced by Health Authorities earlier this year, are to remain at home and be available to work online.

The Union said that the directive will hold until the UPE can put its mind at rest that its members are not exposed to the virus.

Discussions between MUT and Ministry for Education concluded on Friday

In the meantime the Malta Union of Teachers, MUT issued a statement to announce that the Ministry and union actively discussed the issue regarding educators at high risk. MUT said that a way forward was found and the details shall be provided during the scheduled meetings with its members.