The Nationalist Party has backed calls by university student organisations for a solution to be found for students to be able to return to physical lectures once the new scholastic year starts next month.
“The Nationalist Party encourages the Education Minister to make all possible efforts for a suitable space to be found for university students to be able to attend physical lectures so that they too can experience student life in its entirety,” the PN said through its education spokesperson Clyde Puli.
The PN noted that student organisations had lamented what they described as unequal opportunities being afforded to students, despite the fact that the vast majority were vaccinated.
The party added that it believed all students should be given the necessary support at such a crucial stage in their life.
Earlier this month, 22 student organisations, including the university’s students union the Kunsill Studenti Universitarji, as well as several student representatives, urged authorities to provide more clarity on the system that will be put in place for the university’s reopening.
“The vast majority of the Maltese population are fully vaccinated, and a number of restrictive measures on large-scale events are slowly being lifted, yet University students are still uncertain as to how exactly they will be returning to University come October,” the students said.
While acknowledging that online learning had been an effective alternative to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, “one must acknowledge the impact and solitude that remote learning has caused”.
KSU said it was “high time for a plan to transition back to in-person learning to be finalised and established”.
“University students should not be ignored and pushed to the bottom of the priority list, which until now, has seemed to be the case,” added the statement.
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