The Education Ministry received a ‘pudina’ by a teacher’s union following the student-teacher blunder which characterized the launch of the new scholastic year. Frank Fabri, the Education Ministry’s permanent secretary, received the pudding, with the Union of Professional Educator’s executive head Graham Sansone stating that ‘it is [the union’s] great privilege and honor to award […] the coveted Pudina Prize.’ Sansone continued; ‘The UPE today delivered a ‘Pudina’ to Dr Fabri as a gesture to help him realize that his latest maneuver is unwarranted in the eyes of the union and of many prospective student-teachers.’
This comes after many student-teachers were suddenly given the responsibility of running different primary school classes rather than those they were originally assigned. This occurred despite the countless work they had to prepare in the preceding weeks and to make up for the shortage of teachers. They were also informed of this just a week before the commencement of their practice, with Sansone saying, sarcastically, that this is a ‘wonderful marketing strategy created by the Ministry to attract more educators to the sector’. This will also not be the last time such a stunt is pulled off, as the union stated that there is likely to be a bread shortage in the coming days as more prizes are delivered.
Photo Source: Frank Fabri FB, Lea Hogg