Parent of English school child claims ‘scam’ when she is forced to pay in full

As English schools were forced to close last Wednesday and most of them have switched to online education, parents of children learning in Malta feel like they are being ‘cheated’ , said a parent. The independent of Malta.

English-language schools were forced to close their doors last Wednesday after a huge increase in Covid-19 cases in recent days. The country went from 0 new cases per day as of June 27 to more than 200 new cases a few weeks later.

Respond to questions sent by The independent of Malta, the health ministry noted 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 peaks in previous cases, thanks to the vaccine, the government still made the decision to force English-language schools to close to curb the spread of the virus.

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

The parent said that this particular school where the student is learning has replaced face-to-face lessons with online lessons, “but Malta’s Minister of Education did not order that face-to-face lessons be replaced by online courses “.

She argued that it made no sense for her to pay for hotel stay and classes if her daughter did not receive face-to-face classes because virtual classes were not what she paid for.

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

This brutal closure of English schools has caused chaos in the industry, with FELTOM asserting that the industry “served as a scapegoat.

Initially, the government said only those vaccinated would be allowed to enter the country. However, after the country’s discriminatory claims against those who did not take the vaccine by the European Commission, it was changed, requiring people who come here without a vaccine certificate to self-quarantine for 14 days. This happened when the Minister of Health remarked that it was “unfair” for those who took the vaccine to suffer the consequences of higher cases.

Sylvester L. Goldfarb

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