The Federation of English Language Teaching Organisations of Malta (FELTOM) has issued a statement calling the closure of all English language schools as ‘unwarranted’ and ‘disproportionate’. The member schools were, according to the federation, ‘unprepared and shocked’ by the government’s unexpected and rigid decision following the closure due to a COVID-19 spike in cases. The government announced on Friday that starting Wednesday, all English language schools are to close and anyone travelling to Malta must present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
The federation stated that the sudden closure of a specific section of the tourism market will pose problems to the entire sector and other stakeholders, as wells the greater EU tourism market. It stated that ‘this sudden unilateral decision by the government sends out a message that a cluster that did not emerge from any breach of protocols by operators within their schools, can lead to such disproportionate and extreme measures.’
The statement also added that schools were following very rigorously the rules and guidelines given by the health authorities, investing ahead of time in money, staff and material to ensure safety and regulation following. The statement added that the federation should remain open and offer services to fully vaccinated people coming to Malta to study English.
Claudette Buttigieg took to Facebook to vouch for English learning schools teaching students who are fully vaccinated in Malta. She stated that there are also Maltese people working abroad who wish to visit the island to see their family. She asked why they are being refrained from doing so, stating how due to incompetence and irresponsibility, all of the nation has to suffer because of the mistakes of few.
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