Commenting on her personal Facebook profile, Deputy President of The Malta Chamber Marisa Xuereb said that the upcoming scholastic year was going to offer a challenge to everyone. However, with everyone’s cooperation, the interests of all children could be safeguarded and their education could continue.
Following an online meeting for parents for a particular school, Ms Xuereb said she was confident that some schools had done their homework well.
“It will be a very different school environment built around protecting the integrity of bubbles to the greatest extent possible,” she said. “Every space and all technologies available need to be employed to protect bubbles and provide alternatives for those who are vulnerable or scared”
Commenting on the ‘huge role’ teachers had to play, Ms Xuereb described educators as front-liners who needed all the support in every way possible.
Moving her focus to parents, she said that guardians needed to cooperate, prepare their children for the new reality and be responsible for what they did when they were not at school. “The focus will shift away from trivialities such as elaborate uniforms onto important issues such as health and hygiene”
Commenting on transport, she said the situation was still very hazy.
“There will be COVID cases along the way” she warned, “we will need to respond promptly and appropriately to those eventualities. Good leadership looks forward not backwards, turns challenges into opportunities, and stands out in tough times” Ms Xuereb concluded.