The Malta Independent 15 December 2017, Friday

PN ready to help solve ‘crisis in education’, but government must stop insulting teachers

Friday, 13 October 2017, 11:50 Last update: about 2 months ago

The Nationalist Party said it is ready to help the government solve the crisis Labour brought in the education sector because of its inaction, but the government should stop insulting teachers.

In a statement signed by Therese Comodini Cachia, the PN said that it does not want to turn the situation into a political football but also expected Minister Evarist Bartolo to admit the crisis and start working to solve it.

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As the Malta Union of Teachers said, the message the government is sending is offensive and disrespectful, not only towards teachers who spent years studying, but also towards students and their parents. This is clear from the appeal made by the government for students following University teaching courses to start teaching before graduating.

The academic year started with teacher shortages, while at the same time teachers are being deprived of decent salaries and working conditions, the PN said.

The PN urged the government to draw up a plan to tackle the crisis, and speed up its negotiations with the MUT on a new agreement.

In reply, the government said that the improvement of working conditions for teachers is one of its priorities.

But this is only one part of the equation, as the government is working on six other principles.

The first is the safeguarding of the level of well-being and respect between parents and schools. Teachers will also be directly involved in any chabges adopted in the classes, as was the case with syllabi.

Teachers' training will be improved and there will be more incentives for more young people to be attracted to the profession. The government is also working on a new Education Act and supply teachers will be given more opportunities to advance and become regular teachers.

 

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