Parent of child at English-language school claims ‘scam’ as she is forced to pay in full

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As English language schools were forced to close last Wednesday and most of them switched to online teaching, parents of children learning in Malta are feeling “ripped off”, said a parent. Malta Independent.

Last Wednesday, English-language schools were forced to close after a huge rise in Covid-19 cases over the past few days. The country went from 0 new cases per day on June 27 to more than 200 new cases a few weeks later.

Respond to questions sent by Malta Independent, the Ministry of Health pointed out that more than 50% of new cases were tourists, while on Thursday the group of English-language schools stood at 251 cases.

Although the number of hospitalizations remains relatively low compared to previous peaks in cases, thanks to the vaccine, the government still took the decision to force English-language schools to close to curb the spread of the virus.

A parent who contacted Malta Independent expressed disappointment with the way students in these schools are being treated by the schools themselves. “My daughter only had 2 weeks of lessons. We have requested reimbursement for the courses not given. The school refuses. We see ourselves as the victims of this dishonest policy,” she said.

The parent said that particular school the student is learning at had replaced face-to-face lessons with online lessons, “but Malta’s Minister for Education has not ordered face-to-face lessons to be replaced by online courses”.

She argued that it didn’t make sense for her to pay for the hotel stay and lessons if her daughter wasn’t taking face-to-face lessons, because virtual lessons weren’t what she wanted. had paid.

“If we wanted online classes, we wouldn’t come here. We could stay cool at home in France. We cannot tolerate this attitude from the school. We consider this a scam,” she said. The parent called for a reaction to this “scandalous” situation.

This abrupt closure of English-language schools has caused chaos within the industry, with FELTOM claiming that the industry “served as a scapegoat.

Initially, the government said only vaccinated people would be allowed to enter the country. However, after the European Commission claimed the country was discriminating against those who had not taken the vaccine, it was changed, requiring people who come here without a vaccination certificate to self-quarantine for 14 days. It came as the health minister remarked that it is ‘unfair’ for those who have taken the vaccine to suffer the consequences of higher cases.

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