In a press release issued earlier today, SDM (Studenti Demokristjani Maltin) expressed their disappointment with Pulse. This is following the latter’s decision to organize a meeting with Prof. Matthew Montebello, President of the University of Malta Academic Staff Association (UMASA), without consulting the student body beforehand as had been agreed internally within KE (Education Commission) and KPS (Social Policy Commission). SDM claim that, in doing so, Pulse has “chosen to indirectly defend the academic staff rather than the student body”.
SDM requests all students and student organization to uphold the University Student Council (KSU)’s position and to“show one united front in protesting against this situation” and urged all the stakeholders involved in these negotiations to find an immediate solution.
Last night, Pulse issued a press release describing an informal meeting held between Prof. Montebello and Pulse President Matthew Zerafa. According to their press release, Prof. Montebello informed Zerafa that “all lecturers represented by UMASA are committed to respect the deadline imposed by the current Collective Agreement to send their results to their respective faculties.” However, an anonymous source later tipped Insiteronline to a press release jointly issued by UMASA and the Malta Union of Teachers (MUT). Under a sub-heading entitled “Directives for University of Malta/Junior College from 4th July 2014”, the unions said that all academics at the University of Malta are “to withhold all non-final year Undergraduate results at UoM and JC”.
In a statement made to Insiteronline, KSU President Gayle Lynn Callus said that he has spoken to both the UMASA and the MUT and he is “100% sure” that the directives are still in place. He urged all student organisations, including Pulse, to unite to tackle an issue that concerns the entire student body.