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Ballot shows need to engage with teachers – GSD

Ballot shows need to engage with teachers – GSD

The GSD has called for constructive engagement with teachers to address their “discontent” on an array of unresolved issues in education.

In a statement the Opposition said that a recent ballot where teachers voted to pursue industrial action – if necessary – in respect of existing claims lays this content bare.

“It also shows – as was the case last year when teachers felt insufficiently consulted on the new schools – that, once again, they feel that they are not being listened to,” it added.

GSD MP Edwin Reyes said: “The GSD have been saying for some time that investment in buildings alone does not resolve all issues in the educational field.”

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“Clearly there needs to be constructive engagement with teachers and their representatives not just on the issues that are the subject of this specific ballot but on a whole range of other issues relating to education.”

“The GSD is sympathetic to this desire of teachers.”

GSD Leader Keith Azopardi said: “There is still much to discuss in Education beyond the physical infrastructure and in Government we would, in partnership with teachers, undertake a review of a number of issues to improve the delivery of education to our students and maintain a high quality public service that takes account of the hard work and commitment of our teachers.”

Pic by Johnny Bugeja

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