As English language schools were forced to close last Wednesday and with most of them switching to online teaching, parents of children who are learning in Malta feel that they are being “scammed”, one parent told The Malta Independent.

Last Wednesday, English language schools were forced to close their doors after a huge surge in Covid-19 cases during the past few days. The country went from 0 new cases per day as of 27 June to over 200 new cases a couple of weeks later.

Answering questions sent by The Malta Independent, the Health Ministry remarked that over 50% of the new cases were tourists, while as of Thursday, the cluster from English language schools stood at 251 cases.

Although hospitalisation numbers remain relatively low when compared to previous spikes in cases, thanks to the vaccine, the government still took the decision to force the English language schools to close to curb the spread of the virus.

One parent who contacted The Malta Independent voiced her disappointment at the way the students of such schools are being treated by the schools themselves. “My daughter only had 2 weeks of lessons. We have requested reimbursement for courses not taught. The school refuses. We consider ourselves the victims of this dishonest policy,” she said.

The parent said that this particular school which the student is learning in replaced the face-to-face lessons with online ones, “but Malta’s education minister did not order face-to-face lessons to be…

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