MUT has no is­sue with ser­vice to stu­dents but is against pub­li­ca­tion of names of sick lec­tur­ers

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Malta Union of Teach­ers said that it has no is­sue with stu­dents know­ing that their lec­ture has been can­celled, but is against the prac­tice of mak­ing the names of sick lec­tur­ers public.

The prob­lem that the Union is high­light­ing is that the method­ol­ogy cho­sen by the Ju­nior Col­lege ad­min­is­tra­tion is in to­tal breach of data pro­tec­tion leg­is­la­tion since the col­lege was pub­lish­ing the names of ab­sent lec­tur­ers on public mon­i­tors ac­ces­si­ble to all and sundry.

To com­pound mat­ters, the Ju­nior Col­lege has been fully cog­nisant, for at least three years, that stu­dent or­gan­i­sa­tions are abus­ing of this ser­vice by il­le­gally pub­lish­ing these names on public so­cial me­dia pages, ac­ces­si­ble to all.

The MUT asked the Ju­nior Col­lege to switch off the mon­i­tors un­til such time as a dif­fer­ent so­lu­tion is im­ple­mented. As pos­si­ble solutions, the Union has al­ready sug­gested that the Col­lege ei­ther pro­vides per­son­alised mes­sages to af­fected stu­dents only, or at the least pub­lish the classes be­ing can­celled rather than is­su­ing names of lec­tur­ers, as is the prac­tice at the Univer­sity of Malta it­self and other re­spectable in­sti­tu­tions.

The MUT will sus­pend the in­dus­trial dis­pute and di­rec­tives planned if the mon­i­tors are switched off and/or a sen­si­ble so­lu­tion is found.

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