All teaching grades in Church schools are to be given a laptop as the result of an agreement between the Government and The Vatican, extending an agreement first reached in 1991. The agreement, costing €2 million, was welcomed by Archbishop Charles Scicluna.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Commercial Promotion, Carmelo Abela, said this was a result of a request by Curia so that teachers in Church schools be provided with the same equipment available to State school teachers.
He said that legal advice given to the Government said such a move was not provided for by the 1991 agreement. However, the Government felt this should be discussed on a different level and a Joint Commission between the Government and The Vatican had discussed and resolved the matter.
Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna thanked the Prime Minister and the Malta Government for their political will and constant support to the education of children who attend Church schools.
He said teachers as well as LSE instructors in Church schools enjoy the same facilities as their counterparts in State schools. This means offering a quality educational service to children whose parents prefer to send them to Church schools.
The Apostolic Nuncio, Mgr Alessandro D’Ericcoli, explained that the cooperation with the Government is a priceless one.
Education Minister Evarist Bartolo said that such a matter the Government looked beyond the 1991 agreement because schools are of ethical and human value for future generations and are not merely examination machines for children.