Father Aaron Zahra, the rector of St Albert The Great College, has slapped the MUT with a court warrant, to prevent the union from issuing further directives.
The Malta Union of Teachers has claimed Zahra is in a state of panic after sacking former headmaster Mario Mallia.
“The MUT has received a warrant of prohibitory injunction from the rector at St Albert the Great College. The warrant is an attempt to stop the MUT from issuing additional directives,” the MUT said in a statement.
“The union has never declared that it shall be escalating its directives at the college. It also reaffirms that the union and members shall not be intimidated by the rector, who in a state of panic resorted to court action. “
“Meanwhile, sources within the college confirmed that the rector has asked for the postponement of the commencement of the scholastic year for students.”
“The union is convinced that the rector shall be trying to shift the blame on educators and the union when it is clear that the school is still without any timetable and plan for the re-entry of students due to the rector taking over the school headship.”
“The timetable and reopening plan for students has always been the responsibility of the head of the school, who was sacked by the same rector and his now suspended board,” it said.
Earlier today, the Office of the Commissioner for Children expressed its concern about the current situation at St Albert the Great College in Valletta, warning it is affecting students negatively.
Over the last few weeks, more than eight educators have resigned from St Albert The Great College, following the dismissal of former headmaster Mario Mallia.
Parents have also spoken out about the situation, lamenting the lack of organisation and fearful of their children’s future.
Just last week, Horace Gauci was announced as the new headmaster of the college, former mayor of Marsaxlokk and an educator by profession.
The Curia has also announced it is preparing a contingency plan in case the college is not in a position to function next week.
St Albert The Great College has also accused the Malta Union of Teachers of “recklessly sabotaging” efforts to kick off the upcoming scholastic year.
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