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Order to MCAST lecturer ‘was not a switch’, ministry insists

ByEditorialTeam

Sep 1, 2022

The Training Ministry has denied that an electronic mail despatched to MCAST lecturer Peter Gatt, asking him to report back to work on the ministry, amounted to a switch.

Lawyer Julian Farrugia informed a courtroom {that a} ultimate choice on the lecturer’s future had not but been taken and that the e-mail was merely a “verification train”.

The courtroom, presided over by Mr Justice Toni Abela, was listening to an utility for an injunction filed by Gatt to cease the switch. In view of the event, the courtroom turned down his utility.

On October 8, Gatt had acquired an electronic mail from Emilie Vassallo, director basic on the Directorate for Instructional Providers, telling him: “You’re to report for work on the Ministry for Training head workplace in Floriana on Monday, October 11”.

His “first activity” was to fulfill her at her workplace at 8.15am.

Yesterday, the ministry legal professionals mentioned the assembly was an exploratory one to plan his future.

In his utility, Gatt claimed the e-mail was in battle with a earlier courtroom judgment which, in July, had stopped MCAST from demoting him to a secondary faculty.

That courtroom famous that the termination and order to switch him to a different faculty was issued after a sequence of efforts to cease him from instructing and an order banning him from speaking together with his college students.

Gatt is the one geologist at MCAST and has been lecturing there since 2014 in engineering geology, limestone research and constructing supplies.

Final 12 months, Gatt was not given a timetable or college students to show and he was ordered by the school deputy principal to not contact college students. 

This matter was investigated by Training Ombudsman Vincent De Gaetano who dominated that MCAST’s choice to not assign him any instructing duties and stopping him 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”.

Gatt has claimed that stress to oust him from the school started when he raised considerations concerning the poor high quality of syllabi set by MCAST over the previous years.

Lawyer Joseph Sammut appeared for Gatt whereas legal professionals James D’Agostino and Dennis Zammit represented the Training Ministry.

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