The Malta Independent 3 March 2024, Sunday
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PN appeals for truth to come out about alleged abuse at resource centre

Wednesday, 7 February 2024, 15:23 Last update: about 24 days ago

The Nationalist Party has appealed for investigations into allegations of abuse at the Guardian Angel Resource Centre to come to a conclusion and for the truth to come out.

The Nationalist Party makes reference to a report regarding the Guardian Angel Resource Centre which forms part of the St George Preca College and which caters to students between the ages of 11 and 16 with severe learning difficulties. The Times of Malta had reported that a year ago police started investigating alleged physical abuse by three educators on students who attended the Guardian Angel Secondary Education Resource Centre.

The PN said that, whilst understanding the sensitivity of the case and appreciating that such allegations of physical abuse against students by some teachers or educators are being investigated by the Police, it is appealing for this case to be concluded and for the truth to come out for the good of the school, educators and the children involved in the case.

"Unfortunately, allegations like these are overshadowing the work being done at this Resource Centre," the PN said in a statement.

The PN also made reference to what was said in an interview appearing in The Malta Independent Sunday with the Executive Head of the Support Agency, Oliver Scicluna, where he said that there are several points on which the Government can work to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities in general.

"It is also noted that while the Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Rhoda Garland, affirms that there is a lack of human resources and specific services for individual needs at the Centre, the Ministry of Education denies these claims."

It is also worrying that some children are suspended or not attending because the holistic environment is not conducive to them, the party said. Therefore, it is imperative that the Ministry of Education ensures that the Centre is adapted to the needs of all children, has enough human resources, and offers all possible services to make the educational experience a healthy one and which aids to the individual progress of the children, the PN said.

The Nationalist Party said that the Government should not ignore any request for help, "whether it comes from the school, the union, or the parents."

Therefore, the PN said that there must be close collaboration with the 'Hand in Hand' service, more investment in therapeutic sessions, and unprecedented investment in school resources, teachers, educators, and professionals rendering a service to the school.

The PN statement was signed by both PN MP Spokesperson for Education Justin Schembri and PN MP Spokesperson for Inclusion Graziella Galea.

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