Watch: Agreement reached on laptops for Church schools

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

An agreement on resources for teachers working in Church schools has been reached between Malta and the Holy See. The agreement for the provision of laptops will see teachers receiving new laptops over the coming months and years.

Kindergarten Assistants and Learning Support Educators were already provided with laptops which were bought by the schools in the last scholastic year.

A press conference was held to announce the agreement between Malta and the Vatican, which was addressed by Archbishop Charles Scicluna, the Apostolic Nuncio Alessandro D’Errico, Minister for Education Evarist Bartolo and Minister for Foreign Affairs Carmelo Abela.

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Speaking to Archbishop Scicluna explained that teachers and LSEs would have access to the same resources as state schools. He thanked the Maltese Government for the support it has always shown and continues to show for the education of the children and the young people entrusted by so many parents to Church schools. Mgr Scicluna also thanked the many religious brothers and sisters and priests, and the lay staff for their dedicated service to the education of young people and to the country.

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Addressing the press conference the Apostolic Nuncio Alessandro D’Errico thanked Minister Abela and Minister Bartolo for organizing it. The press conference was held after the Joint Commission announced that it has been decided that laptops will be provided not only to LSEs and kindergarten assistants but will also be provided to all teachers working with Church schools.

The Joint Commission carried out intense negotiations with the state authorities.

The Apostolic Nuncio thanked Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, adding that he is very grateful, because the government had assured him that it was its will to reach amicable solution on the matter.

“The outcome of this Joint Commission is another sign of the excellent relations existing between the Republic of Malta and the Holy See,” the Apostolic Nuncio concluded.

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