Former headmaster Mario Mallia has responded to the school’s claims about his dismissal made within its official statement.
Mallia was dismissed from his position after 16 years serving as St Albert The Great College’s headmaster, over what appears to be disagreements in inclusive measures.
However, the college has stated that Mallia was actually dismissed due to him showing insubordinate behaviour, and also said that he made decisions without the involvement of the board.
“I do feel that we were treated unfairly,” he expressed, responding to questions asked about the school’s statement on the matter.
“Because this is not just about me, it’s about us, as a community. Being dismissed in that way did not solve anything at all.”
“I expected that we would have the possibility to have our voices heard, we’ve tried numerous times to contact the provincial and also the board to try and discuss with them a number of issues,” he said.
“This includes the difficulty they had with MEET, the homegrown program we tried to invent ourselves to try and create this culture of encounter between children of different beliefs and different cultures – which the board felt that it should axe, practically for no reason.”
He also referred to the board having an issue with the cooperative which was set up by the staff itself, to “try and provide employment to students of ours who are statemented and are finding it difficult to access the world of work”.
“So the idea was to try to engage in dialogue, unfortunately, there were their fears – that is the only thing we got.”
“And that is surprising considering the church right now is passing through the process of a synod, and part of that process is to listen, is to accompany,” he said.
He also noted that there is a big contradiction in the way that they were being treated and in what the official church is trying to do.
Mallia has also confirmed that he is pursuing legal avenues regarding his termination.
Watch the full interview with Mario Mallia here:
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