As tens of thousands of Maltese students begin their scholastic year, one mother has taken to Facebook to point out the unhygienic conditions she found when shown around her daughter’s new classroom.
A three-year-old’s mother has taken St. Teresa School in Santa Venera to task, with damning photos showing dire conditions in classrooms meant for very young children.
“I was super excited for my baby girl to start school this Tuesday in Kinder 1, until I walked into her actual classroom,” Kasia Sztal said in a public Facebook post.
She recounts how they were shown around the nicer rooms and even got a tour of the pristine Principal’s office… before demanding that they were shown their children’s actual classroom.
“We had a feeling the teacher did not want to show it to us, as first, she took us to the door closed from the outside, but we insisted, so she had no choice (and I am not having a dig at the teacher, she’s lovely),” Sztal said.
“We went from the other side, and when we walked in the smell of mould ‘welcomed’ us all!”
“We were shocked, and the smell from the toilet was like something died inside.
The picture doesn’t even give away what was happening inside! Even toys were touching the mould and getting it!” she lamented.
“My question is how can anyone let any children into this disease chamber?!? It is a health hazard!” Sztal said strongly.
When the parents complained to the principal, they were told it was a humidity issue which couldn’t easily be fixed on the floor… even though the principal’s office is on the same floor.
Stal and the other parents are now pleading to Education Minister Evarist Bartolo to help them out before the school year starts in earnest.
“Mr Evarist Bartolo I am asking you to open your eyes to this issue, as after speaking to friends it is not the only school suffering from such poor conditions,” she pleaded. “Also, just to mention we offered to come at the weekend and fix the classroom ourselves with our own money, as we are desperate for our kids to be in a safe and healthy environment, but we were told no from the beginning.”
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