[WATCH] Education Minister emphasises respect for educators at new school opening

Evarist Bartolo says government is committed to ensure all educators enjoy greater legal protection from violence in schools as he calls for greater respect • New primary school opened in Marsaskala

The Prime Minister was presented a canvas with the palm and finger prints of all students at the new Marsaskala primary school
The Prime Minister was presented a canvas with the palm and finger prints of all students at the new Marsaskala primary school
Evarist Bartolo calls for greater respect for educators

Laws will be changed and penalties increased to ensure educators in all schools are afforded greater protection against violence, Evarist Bartolo has reiterated.

The Education Minister said educators in State schools currently enjoyed a higher degree of protection in their capacity as public officials but this would have to be extended to teachers in church and independent schools.

Authorities repeated calls for greater respect to be shown towards educators at the inauguration of a new primary school in Marsaskala
Authorities repeated calls for greater respect to be shown towards educators at the inauguration of a new primary school in Marsaskala

“Fines will be increased but it is a change in mentality that we need, which is more difficulty to achieve,” Bartolo told MaltaToday at the end of a ceremony to inaugurate a new primary school in Marsaskala.

Bartolo called for greater respect for educators, who arguably had to face the hardest frontline job, dealing with all types of children, parents and situations.

The minister had recently sent a letter to students and parents calling for greater respect all around, in the wake of two violent incidents involving parents, students and teachers.

The new primary school cost €6 million and was built with input from Finnish consultants
The new primary school cost €6 million and was built with input from Finnish consultants

Bartolo accompanied Prime Minister Joseph Muscat for the official opening of the San Ġwakkin new primary school in Marsaskala to cater for the growing student population in the locality.

The school cost €6 million and houses 300 students, with a potential to grow to 400.

An agreement with the archbishop, would see further expansion of the school grounds, including a hall, into an adjacent field that belongs to the Church in the coming months.

Joseph Muscat and Evarist Bartolo were given a tour of the modern classrooms in the school that houses 300 students
Joseph Muscat and Evarist Bartolo were given a tour of the modern classrooms in the school that houses 300 students

In a short address, Muscat also called for greater respect towards educators

“We understand that the mainstreaming of children with different abilities and greater multi-culturalism are challenging and can be taxing on educators. We have to address these by putting in more resources and becoming more open,” Muscat said.

At the end of the ceremony, the Prime Minister was presented with a commemorative canvas made up of all the palm and finger prints of the school’s students.

 

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