In light of the recent developments concerning members of the UPE and the directives issued on the 26th of January 2024, which took effect on the 29th of January 2024, we are compelled to address the concerning actions of certain Heads of School (HoS), particularly at San Gwann Primary and Dingli Primary School.
It has come to our attention that these HoS have overstepped their managerial authority by obstructing individuals from complying with the directives. Furthermore, disturbing reports have surfaced, suggesting that the HoS at San Gwann Primary allegedly has resorted to threatening Learning Support Educators (LSEs) who adhere to the directives.
As a result of these alarming developments, the UPE is initiating a trade dispute and reiterating the directives issued on the 26th of January 2024, with immediate effect from the 31st of January 2024.
The updated and new directives are as follows:
- UPDATED: LSE members of the UPE are directed not to replace sick LSEs or LSE’s on Special Leave.
- LSE’s members of the UPE are not to replace 15-minute break (non-contact) for 1-to-1 LSEs, during any break time. Replacements should be done during academic hours (Lesson time).
- All members of the UPE are to refrain from answering emails sent by the school management or their superiors.
- All members of the UPE, are to refrain from accepting class room visits from school management or their superiors. (This directive does not apply for Supply Teachers or NQT’s).
Additionally, the UPE will pursue legal action against any HoS or SMT member if this behavior persists. This action will be taken on a personal level and not in the capacity of a HoS. The mentioned HoS will have 24 hours until tomorrow to communicate to school staff that UPE members can adhere to directives without individual letters of consent. Failure to do so will result in personal legal action against the implicated HoS.
Members who receive any undue pressure not to adhere with the directives are requested to contact the UPE.