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