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Directives: A Call for Fair Treatment of LSEs

Study leave being withheld 

The Union of Professional Educators (UPE) is compelled to address a concerning issue that has come to our attention regarding the provision of study leave for Learning Support Educators (LSEs). It has been brought to light that the Ministry is obstructing the right to provide study leave for workers in cases where it is permissible.

LSEs, who work with students with a shared statement of needs, often find themselves in a critical role, being relied upon to replace sick LSEs working with 1-to-1 students. This means that in practice, shared students are left without an LSE for a considerable amount of time. It is evident that the denial of study leave to shared LSEs contradicts the ethos of the Public Service Policy, which explicitly advocates for self-development.

“…Ministry is obstructing the right to provide study leave for workers in cases where it is permissible.”

The Public Service promotes continuous learning, self-actualization, and career development, and supports flexibility through the provision of Study Leave. 

Despite this, it has come to our attention that several LSEs have been unjustly refused this entitlement, directly contravening the spirit of the Public Service Policy. In response to this, we have issuing a trade dispute on the matter and announcing the following directives that will come into effect on Monday, 29th January 2024:

  • LSE members of the UPE are directed not to replace sick LSEs.
  • LSE members of the UPE are only directed to replace one (1), 15-minute break (non-contact) for 1-to-1 LSEs.

The Union for Professional Educators (UPE) stands ready to engage in constructive dialogue to ensure fair treatment and uphold the rights of all educators.

“…several LSEs have been unjustly refused this entitlement”

We urge all members to stand in solidarity on this important issue, as we work towards a positive resolution.

For further inquiries, UPE members are encouraged to contact the union via email at info@upe.mt or through phone calls at 99946582 or 21221252.

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