Taking to social media in an official statement, Education and Sport Minister Clifton Grima announced that now that the strike is over, the negotiations with the representatives of teachers and their unions will start again.
Grima wrote how the education sector was on a lot of people’s minds yesterday (Monday 27th November 2023), and that he hopes that everyone understands how important the education system is to our country.
‘In the past few days I did not mind taking responsibility for the role I was assigned and I reiterate that we should always, first and foremost, keep our respect for each other and educators’.
‘I always emphasised that teachers deserve more respect by the Maltese and Gozitan people, as well as an increase and improvement in their conditions of work.’
‘I always stuck to these principles and I will keep working so as to ensure that these principles guide all those who will sit down at the negotiation table to reach a common goal for everyone.’
‘After tonight, the directives were suspended and we can sit down again to reach the goal together’, he wrote, saying that he is not alone in tolerating ‘whoever tried to turn this process into a political issue’.
He ended by saying that the only way the goals can be reached is by focusing on the fact that everyone wants education to improve for the common good.