Following the closure of schools and the initial educational initiatives, the Working Group set up by the Ministry for Education and Employment has continued meeting regularly this week. The group is made up of representatives from the all three sectors: State, Church and Independent Schools, together with the Malta Union of Teachers. The Group's remit is to explore methods of online teaching during this period as well as to explore the impact of the present situation on the curriculum.
The Working Group strongly welcomed the commitment, dedication, and hard work being shown by hundreds of educators to provide educational material to their students using online means. These last few days have shown the strong and committed professionalism of educators in such challenging times.
Following the announcement that the closure of schools will continue until the end of the Easter holidays, the Working Group strongly encourages educators to continue with this process of undertaking online teaching for their students. Educators can ask for support in this directly through their schools or through the dedicated website and helplines https://digitalliteracy.skola.edu.mt/. An educational resources repository is now freely available on www.curriculum.gov.mt and it is constantly being updated.
The Working Group is now recommending the following guidelines for educators and for schools:
The Working Group would like to sincerely thank all educators for the exemplary manner in which they are rising to the challenge of this unprecedented situation. Our appreciation is also extended to the IT staff supporting this sudden wave of online learning, as well as cleaning and maintenance staff who are taking all necessary measures for schools to welcome back educators and students when this ordeal is over.
The Group would also like to thank parents and guardians for their co-operation and for the manner in which many are supporting their children while at home, possibly coping with work and certainly with other facets of their lives.
Finally, the group would like to thank all students. Despite undergoing a very challenging time, many students are remaining focussed on their education and are co-operating fully to make these online teaching and learning systems work.
During this difficult period, the educational sector is showing exemplary professionalism and commitment by working together to overcome such a challenging situation. The major life lesson from this experience is the personal and collective rediscovery of meaning and priorities. The Working Group is committed to continue working to ensure that this will continue in the coming weeks.