There is no shortage of teachers in schools across the state, Education Minister Clifton Grima said today.
Responding to questions from the media about the concern over teacher shortages on the island, Grima said employees of the Department for Education, led by Permanent Secretary Matthew Vella, confirmed there were no shortage of teachers.
“I can confirm that when it comes to vacancies and teachers in state schools, there are no problems, and every student will have a teacher and can continue with the program,” Grima said. .
Grima also said that the government will continue to take initiatives to attract more educators by providing better working conditions, better facilities and better support.
“Nowadays we have a strong economy and even though the world is going through tough times, our economy should continue to grow. This puts us in a good position to continue to work on the good that already exists and improve where improvements are needed. »
Grima also confirmed that in the coming weeks discussions will begin regarding the sectoral collective agreement with the teachers’ unions for the benefit of educators. “I believe that the teaching profession cannot only be linked to a financial boost, it is important but that is not all.”
“At the national level, we must constantly work to raise awareness of the importance of the work of our educators. We need to make educators actors in the education sector in order to move the sector forward together.
Under pressure from what else the government can do to attract more people to the teaching profession, Grima said improved school facilities, better working conditions and better service infrastructure are at the core. center of the way forward.
When it comes to preparing for the school year, Grima said it’s not just about getting students to class and to their desks, “a lot of other people are involved, including people involved in breakfast, extracurricular activities, etc..”
Grima said public schools this year are operating as if the pandemic never happened.
“The pandemic has passed and the reality is that we are looking at a school year which is normal, before the pandemic. The education sector has been vibrant throughout the pandemic and we have learned a lot from this time. In the worst case, we have the tools to adapt again.
Grima, however, said some hygiene campaigns will remain in schools, but the most important factor is that students are at their desks and learning.
Malta Teachers Union (MUT) president Marco Bonnici told The Malta Independent that teacher shortages will be measured after the first day of school for all schools on the island.
He also said that as it happens every year, there will be a number of resignations in the sector. Bonnici said he hopes the number of teachers this year will reach pre-covid numbers.
Bonnici said an obvious problem facing the sector is the shortage of teachers in subjects such as maths, science and English.