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Ombudsman dismisses grievance on composition of MCAST board of research


Aug 31, 2022

The Training Ombudsman has dismissed a grievance filed by MCAST lecturer Peter Gatt over the composition of its board of research, the school stated in a press release.

The Malta School for Arts, Science and Know-how stated the grievance, filed by Gatt final 12 months, had been dismissed by commissioner Vincent De Gaetano.

MCAST stated the commissioner acknowledged he was not in settlement with the grievance made by Gatt concerning the board not being composed in accordance with the regulation. It stated the commissioner had dismissed the grievance in his analysis report.

“MCAST has continued to strengthen its governance and administration construction for the advantage of employees and college students. The position of the board of research is essential in making certain high quality and excellence within the schooling and coaching programmes supplied by the School’s six institutes,” it stated in its assertion.

MCAST and Gatt, a geologist and senior lecturer, have been at loggerheads for a number of months.

Earlier this 12 months, Gatt obtained an injunction to cease a “vindictive” termination of his posting on the school. He advised the court docket that this adopted a sequence of efforts to cease him from educating and an order banning him from speaking along with his college students.

This matter was additionally reported to the Training Ombudsman who, in a report drawn up in Could, upheld the grievance. He dominated that MCAST’s resolution to not assign any educating duties and the prevention from contacting college students for such a protracted time frame, whereas remaining on MCAST’s books, “was an act which was oppressive and tantamount to degrading therapy”.

Presiding over the First Corridor of the Civil Court docket, Mr Justice Francesco Depasquale in July barred MCAST from transferring Gatt to a secondary college, successfully demoting him to a trainer.

The court docket heard how Gatt works for the Training Ministry however is the one geologist on the school and has been lecturing at MCAST since 2014. He lectures in engineering geology, limestone research and constructing supplies.


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