With one month to go before school starts, students still have not received word from the quiet University of Malta as to what is going to happen.
Even though there is a foggy idea as to how UM will be conducting its lectures for the upcoming semester, nothing is confirmed yet even though media organizations in Malta took up the opportunity to release such unofficial news.
It is understandable that the COVID-19 situation in Malta is constantly changing therefore UM is trying to figure out what the best method for lecturing once school reopens. It is more than understandable that UM is taking its time to create an efficient structure. This situation calls for the entire UM academic staff as well as administration to step up and understand the method UM will be adopting.
However, UM cannot inform its students at the very last minute about the structure for lecturing as well as the health regulations. It is absurd that students will suddenly be thrown in school with miscommunication from UM’s professors, head of departments and administration. Health regulations have been issued by the Ministry for Education and yet these apply to only primary, secondary and post-secondary schools which fall under the Ministry’s regulation. As a separate entity, UM must issue their only regulations at some point.
For the proper means of communication with its students, UM simply needs to send out a general email with all of the information necessary.
So far, the only information about the upcoming semester is found on UM’s website regarding the starting dates. Even this was not an official statement by UM which should have been sent as an email to its students – https://www.um.edu.mt/journey/datesdeadlines/importantdates
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