How the Extra €900 Gozitan Grant is a PR Scheme

Posted On November 2, 2020

Many Gozitan students have to rent out an apartment during the scholastic year since the University of Malta does not provide any housing for its students. The Ministry for Gozo gives out a grant for such costs which is that of €500 per three months but for some this is simply not enough to cover the costs. Rent prices in Malta are skyrocketing and not everyone can keep up with them.

Last year, when the Ministry of Gozo was still under Justyne Caruana, they proposed a new grant for the students – a grant which consisted of an extra €900 a year. This looks good on paper. However, this was just another PR scheme to make politicians look good without actually helping anyone except their reputations and themselves.

This scheme comes with a lot of terms and conditions which not many Gozitan tenants living in Malta meet.

For starters, in order to get the grant for this scheme you have to be sharing an apartment between three people or less. Some of you might think this makes sense because if there are only three people or less, the rent is higher than if you were sharing an apartment between four people or more.

The thing is – most students sharing an apartment between three or less are the same students who are lodging in apartments owned by their own family members so their rent is significantly cheaper than those that are renting from non-family members. Furthermore, those sharing an apartment between three people or less that are not related to the owner are few as most Gozitans rent in groups of four or five resulting in only a handful of people getting this extra €900 scheme.

Therefore, the scheme is not benefiting enough Gozitans. This is by no account fair! Is this surprising? Not really. Most politicians are in it for self-gratification and profit anyways.

Undoubtedly, there is promise in such a scheme but it’s going to need a better set of terms and conditions and a whole lot more planning if its ever going to benefit the Gozitan student.

Written by Emma Galea

0 Comments

Related Posts

Education, Cannabis, and Harm Reduction: How to get it right?

Education, Cannabis, and Harm Reduction: How to get it right?

Insite asked ReLeaf Malta: Should cannabis be legalised, how can education about the positive and negative effects of it be implemented in the school curriculum? If we may rephrase this question, as follows: What type of educational messages and information related to...

China: A partner for the future, or an enemy from the past?

China: A partner for the future, or an enemy from the past?

By the Malta International Relations Association (MIRSA) For 44 years, between the end of World War II and the fall of the Iron Curtain in Europe, the Cold War served as the defining feature of foreign affairs; dictating norms and ethics in economic and philosophical...

The real uses and risks of Cannabis: what’s all the fuss?

The real uses and risks of Cannabis: what’s all the fuss?

Cannabis (i.e. marijuana) is a euphoriant derived from plants, and has been the centre of much controversy and unrest recently. With an abundance of conflicting information available, what are the real uses of cannabis and are there any risks? There are over 100...