Watch: KSU concerned over no alternatives for exams

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The University Students’ Council has appealed to the government to maintain constant communication with students who are due to sit for their O- and A-Level exams scheduled for September.

The council voiced its concern about the lack of alternatives in case the exams could not be held due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to KSU president Matthew Xuereb called on the government to publish detailed information and inform the public about the protocols which will be implemented while students are taking their exams. Students have voiced their concern over what happens after a student taking an exam tests positive.

The council has already sent several questions to the Superintendent of Public Health Professor Charmaine Gauci asking whether the guidelines which were issued at the beginning of summer remained applicable for the September session.

The KSU noted that Education Minister Owen Bonnici failed to reply when asked what is the threshold of active cases and at which rate of transmission will exams be called off. Similarly, the student body has asked the Superintendence.

Several students are experiencing anxiety as uncertainties about their future persists. Xuereb appealed to all those sitting for their exams in September to continue studying.

Unrealistic for schools to re-open in September – UPE

The Union of Professional Educators – UPE voiced its reservations on the government’s insistence to re-open schools next scholastic year, should the numbers continue to rise at the rate at which they are currently doing.

The union noted that when the health authorities ordered for schools to be closed in mid-March, Malta had only registered 12 cases, all of which were imported. At present, there are 486 active cases after 49 new cases were registered on Wednesday. In the light of this, the union asked why Skola Sajf was kept open, adding that last March a significantly less number of active cases led to the school closure.

“The union feels that the original benchmark is way far behind us and considers this action to be of utmost importance to public health.”

The UPE said that it felt that reopening schools in September, given the current scenario, is an unrealistic proposition which needs to be reconsidered, and not promoted.

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