The Malta Independent 17 May 2022, Tuesday

Schools are freezing, MUT says

Wednesday, 26 January 2022, 12:06 Last update: about 5 months ago

Temperatures inside school classrooms are the same as outside, the Malta Union of Teachers (MUT) said.

“Whilst Ministry and Directorates personnel are having AC units on heating mode running day and night at their respective offices, schools are freezing. Members reported that the inside and outside temperatures in schools are practically the same, owing mainly to the health protocols requiring doors and windows to be kept open and because of an absence of heating systems, insulation material and limited maintenance in most schools,” the union said in a statement.

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MUT said it has already spoken to the education ministry on the need to revise maintenance schedules to tackle priorities.

“Whilst unfortunately there is no immediate solution to this situation, owing also to the current health protocols, the MUT notes that the work carried out by educators in such adverse conditions is still unappreciated by some individuals, including personnel in the same Ministry and Directorates who should know better.”

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