The UPE recommends the close monitoring of instructions by Public Health Authorities in view of possible closure of schools.

The Union of Professional Educators – Voice of the Workers, has been following the developments of the spread of the Covid-19 virus locally and abroad. Following a lengthy discussion at the Ministry and having reconsidered all possible consequences that might arise should the virus spread any further, or faster, the union feels that it should recommend that the government ensures all schools, nurseries and universities are closed, under the guidance of the relevant Public Health Authorities, until the virus is satisfactorily contained and the worst case scenario of an epidemic is averted.

Further to this, the union feels that extending the school year, to make up for time lost on lock down, should not be considered, should the situation arise,, given that most of our schools are not equipped to host our children in the heat we generally witness in the summer months, and teachers would also be left with less time to prepare for the upcoming year.

This is by no means intended to create unnecessary panic among educators, but is just a call for our government to continue following the recommendations of the Public Health authorities, as an assurance to contain the virus.

As always, should any of our members have any further queries, they should feel free to contact us via email at or by calling our offices on 2590 5400