The Malta Independent 24 October 2021, Sunday

State schools ‘ready’ to welcome students on Wednesday, 'majority' of staff vaccinated

Saturday, 25 September 2021, 14:35 Last update: about 29 days ago

All State schools are ready to welcome students for the start of the academic year on Wednesday, the Education Ministry said in a statement.

All protocols are in place and they have been verified independently by assessors appointed by the ministry.

Last Monday, teachers returned to school from the long summer holidays, and on Wednesday it will be the students’ turn.

The ministry said the “majority” of teachers and other staff are vaccinated, while 85% of students aged over 16 and 73% of those aged between 12 and 15 have also taken the jab against Covid-19.

The ministry said that distance will be maintained among students and between students and the educators, with 109 additional classes opened to make sure that social distancing is followed.

Apart from this, another 22 classes will be added because of a rise in the number of students who have been registered, the ministry said.

It added that over the summer months maintenance work was carried out in all schools.

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