GUG com­ments on the 2019 Bud­get

The Malta Business Weekly - - NEWS -

As the 2019 Bud­get was an­nounced, the Gozo Univer­sity Group would like to com­ment on sev­eral ini­tia­tives in re­gards to all stu­dents, Mal­tese and Goz­i­tans alike.

The GUG be­lieves that an in­crease in stu­dents’ stipends is go­ing to be ben­e­fi­cial for all stu­dents. This will help cover the ex­penses that the stu­dent has in pur­su­ing his/her ed­u­ca­tion. Also, the fact that from next year, 14and 15-year-olds along with full­time stu­dents above 20 years old, will en­joy a free pub­lic trans­port will help more stu­dents eco­nom­i­cally who have to travel daily to school. It would be ideal also, though, that the means of pub­lic trans­port is im­proved as well so that it is more ac­ces­si­ble and re­li­able to be used.

One of the ma­jor an­nounce­ments dur­ing the 2019 Bud­get was that as from next year, Mat­sec and SEC ex­ams are to be free. This is a ma­jor step ahead to­wards the im­prove­ment of the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor in the Mal­tese is­lands. The Mat­sec and SEC ex­ams will no longer be a fi­nan­cial toll for some stu­dents and their fam­i­lies who find it dif­fi­cult to pay for these ex­ams.

As a Goz­i­tan stu­dent or­gan­i­sa­tion, GUG be­lieves that an in­crease in the sub­sidy given to Goz­i­tan stu­dents re­sid­ing in Malta is go­ing to ease some of the fi­nan­cial bur­den that the said stu­dents spend on ac­com­mo­da­tion, along with other ex­penses. This is pos­si­ble un­der cer­tain con­di­tions.

The GUG wished to also see more about the Gozo Univer­sity Cam­pus bud­get, since it has been a while that a re­fur­bish­ment was men­tioned. If this cam­pus is to be used, the en­vi­ron­ment needs to be an ad­e­quate and suit­able one.

The GUG thinks that the 2019 Bud­get has im­proved the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor along with stu­dents’ qual­ity of liv­ing. In­vest­ing in stu­dents’ well-be­ing will also ren­der ben­e­fi­cial to the state in the near fu­ture.

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