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TEACHER'S UNIONS SAY SCHOOLS SHOULD STAY CLOSED BECAUSE OF COVID-19

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SCUOLA2The Malta Union of Teachers and the Union of Professional Educators in separate statements on Wednesday urged the government to keep schools closed because of the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases.

The calls came shortly after health authorities confirmed a record 106 new cases in 24 hours. 

MUT president Marco Bonnici said schools should not reopen for the time being because of the spike in virus numbers and because the education sector had not been prepared to deal with it.

Schooling should be held online until issues are fixed and the situation improves, he told a press conference.

The union is due to have a meeting with education officials later on Wednesday.

"The situation is unsustainable and with the opening of schools on the 28th of September 2020, the number of cases will defiantly (sic) increase to unsustainable numbers thus putting a burden on our health care system," the union said. 

"The Union is therefore requesting officially the Prime Minister to consider the closure of physical attendance in schools, and to revert to online lessons as proposed by the UPE last August." 

The union said it reserved the right to order industrial action if its request is denied within the coming days. 

Schools have been closed since March after the first COVID-19 cases were reported. Times of Malta reported on Wednesday that the daily tally of new cases has, for the first time, exceeded 100.

 

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