The Malta Independent 24 June 2019, Monday

PN praises Church initiative over hostels for Gozitan students, slams government

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 13:06 Last update: about 11 months ago

The PN has praised the Church for a recent initiative, where the Gozo Diocese announced that it is setting up two hostels in Malta for Gozitan students, while also taking aim at government arguing that the Church is compensating for government's failings in the housing sector.

The hostels are being set up in properties made available by the Augustinians and the Sisters of St Joseph in Guardamanga for boys and in Gzira for girls. 


This initiative, the PN said, shows that the Church is an important actor in society, while stating that government is still exploring the possibility of opening up such a hostel.

Gozitan students are affected by the same issues the Maltese face, including traffic and high rents, the PN said. These issues, the PN argued, make it more difficult for Gozitan youths aspirations to  further their studies in Malta. "These are the problems that the people expect government to solve. Not only are they not solving these problems, but they are growing. Traffic is increasing, rent prices are resulting in new poverty and inhumane conditions."

In a recent interview with The Malta Independent, Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana said that they are working on three fronts. "Firstly, we have a massive project - and we are not speaking about 30 beds but about 100s. We identified a piece of land in Msida, thanks to Education Minister Evarist Bartolo. "The second project is the University residence project, and we have begun discussions with the private operator. The third project is a small one for emergency cases, where we have identified a property and are negotiating the price. It is intended for emergency cases and the relatives of hospital patients."


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