The Malta Independent 27 September 2023, Wednesday
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Commissioner for children worried about uncertainty at St Albert the Great College

Friday, 23 September 2022, 14:14 Last update: about 2 years ago

The Office of the Commissioner for Children has raised concerns about the uncertain situation at Saint Albert the Great College.

The Office is referring to the dismissal of headmaster Mario Mallia, who said he had been fired after pushing for inclusivity measures, which has led to an ongoing legal battle that the Malta Union of Teachers has taken up in defence of Mallia, against the school.

Last Friday, the administration of St. Albert the Great College expressed its concern over what it described as the Malta Union of Teachers' (MUT) "reckless attempts to sabotage any efforts towards the opening of the scholastic year on Monday, despite offers from the College of compromise and negotiation".

However, in response, the union denied any form of sabotage and laid the blame on the rector and school board.

With school starting on Monday, the office is worried about the effect that this whole situation is going to have on the children.

It said that after the two years of disruption caused by Covid-19, "children should not be put in such a situation, which is causing great stress and anxiety among children and parents."

"Children have a right to start a new scholastic year in a serene and welcoming environment," the office said.

As a result, the office for there to be an immediate solution which has the best interests of all students in mind.

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