The Malta Independent 25 September 2022, Sunday
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Archbishop offers to act as mediator between dismissed headmaster and college

Wednesday, 27 July 2022, 14:50 Last update: about 3 months ago

Archbishop Charles Scicluna has offered to act as mediator between ex-headmaster of St Albert the Great College Mario Mallia and rector of the school Friar Aaron Zahra.

Spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Malta told Newsbook, the Church’s media house, that Scicluna stated that both parties must accept and be ready for discussions.

Mallia’s dismissal went public on Tuesday, with the college board and rector saying Wednesday that termination of Mr Mallia’s situation within the College is the result of various managerial and procedural issues, which have been accumulating over a period of time and which regrettably remained unresolved.

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On Tuesday, news of Mallia’s termination brought support for the dismissed headmaster, who told The Malta Independent that instead of understanding the inclusivity initiatives undertaken by administration at the St Albert the Great College, an individual from the Curia filed a complaint about them which led to the school board putting them to a stop.

The Malta Independent had sent questions to the Curia regarding the dismissal of Mallia, notably asking why the inclusivity initiatives which Mallia implemented in the school were stopped.

This newsroom also asked why there was a disagreement on the school being used for voting purposes during elections after having done so for many years.

The Curia refused to answer the questions, saying that such questions regarding the management of the school, “should be referred to the Dominican Order since the school forms part of the Maltese Dominican Province.”

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