Wednesday, May 25

A total of 44 Spanish children confined in a hotel in Malta

Three of the confined minors.

Three of the confined minors.

The positive for covid of one of the 11-14 year olds attending an English course in Malta taught by the Education First school has forced the entire group, consisting of 44 students, to be confined in a hotel on the island.

One of the children’s mothers, Laura Turi, has denounced in an interview on radio station RAC1 that her son and the rest of the children, some of whom have had symptoms for several days, have not received the visit or follow-up by from any doctor: “It can’t be that the children are alone and that no doctor has been to see them when they have been over 39 degrees for days, and that they are not given anything to drink. ”

He regretted that they had to learn the facts from the children themselves, since the agency did not contact them until later, and has assured that only one of the three monitors who accompanied the minors has stayed to take care of them, since the other two left when they found out that they were negative.

“I was able to speak with the monitor who has stayed and was desperate,” said Turi, who explained that the monitor had to act as a liaison with the children and that “the problem is not that they are confined, but that they are neglected and do not receive enough information. ”

This version contrasts with the one given by the general director of Education First Spain, Xavier Martí, who has assured in statements to EFE that they have “a team with a lot of experience made up of up to nine people who are in Malta giving all the possible support to the children”.

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“We want to reassure the families because we will know how to do it and we will ensure that they are as good as possible,” he added.

In a press conference, the Government spokesperson, Patrícia Plaja, stated that, after learning of the case, the executive is carrying out steps “in case some kind of help can be given” to the children and families affected.

The CEO of Education First also wanted to make it clear that are in direct contact with the Embassy of Spain in Malta and with the Spanish Ministry of Health to address this situation.

From the company they assure that they are “very focused on making the confinement of children as less problematic as possible” but they warn that they have to follow all the health guidelines set by Malta.

Turi, the mother of one of the confined children, argues that the agency has not fulfilled what was promised because “they said that they would be confined for 14 days, that we would not suffer for anything, that they would go through the rooms and be controlled”, something that according to her is not happening: “When you talk to the children they tell you that they are unwell and that only someone passes and leave a thermometer and a pill at the door. ”

She has announced that she and other parents in the same situation are considering taking legal action against Education First.

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