On the 15th of January 2021 the Union of Professional Educators – Voice of the Workers had reiterated a directive from the 9th of December 2020, which states as follows:
- Peripatetic Teachers, Nurture Group Teachers, Nurture Group LSEs, Complementary Teachers, and Literacy Support Teachers, who are members of the UPE, are to adhere to their scheduled time table and not accept to take on any replacements
The UPE had placed emphasis on this directive because its members had rightfully contested the outcome of the decision taken between the Ministry and the MUT whereby within the circular DES 03/2021, these educators were informed that they would be given an online timetable to follow which could be cast aside should the need for replacements arise. It is hard to fathom, for anyone who has never done it before, the extensive preparation time which goes into the creation of an online lesson: so, one can just imagine the disillusionment some of these educators felt when they were informed that such preparation work will may have been done in vain, bearing in mind that not all work prepared can be used at a later stage, or be postponed indefinitely.
Following internal discussions with its executive members as well as members of the UPE working as Peripatetic Teachers, Nurture Group Teachers, Nurture Group LSEs, Complementary Teachers, and Literacy Support Teachers, within state schools, who attended an online meeting today the 20th of January 2021, the UPE has decided to withdraw the directive issued to its members in the above mentioned grades.
The union, however, reserves the right to issue this same directive on an individual basis on request by its members should the need arise.
This request should only be forwarded via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com , and via no other method of communication. A personal directive will subsequently be issued, to these members of the UPE.
Should any of our members have any further queries on this directive they are not to hesitate to contact the union either by calling our offices on 2590 5400 or by emailing the union on either of the addresses provided above.