KSU welcomes the following initiatives proposed by the Minister for Finance in his speech to Parliament:
– Accommodation for Gozitan students within Villa Lauri in Birkirkara.
– Permanence of the fourth ferry between Malta and Gozo.
– Reaffirmation/deliverance of University Sports Complex project, which will include performing art facilities, an indoor athletics track, a full-size football field, an Olympic track and a new building for both the Institute for Physical Education and Sports the School of Performing Arts.
– Free internet to all who continue post-secondary studies.
– Regulatory overview of online education by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education.
On the other hand, KSU notes the lack of proposals with regards to:
– Commitment on the fast ferry promised between Malta and Gozo in the most recent electoral manifesto.
– The current 20-hour limit for working students receiving a stipend which continues to discourage hard-working students, many times first-generation students, who often work out of necessity rather than choice.
– The absence of financial incentives for teachers and professional educators in the face of unprecedented challenges both exacerbated and caused by the pandemic.
– The additional financial difficulties faced by prospective students looking to study in the UK due to Brexit especially at postgraduate level.
– The complete omission of additional funding for the Genitourinary clinic which is facing unprecedented appointment and testing delays, compounded by the yet to be published updated National Sexual Health Strategy.
KSU will be discussing the Budget’s proposals within its organs and will be forwarding all comments to the Ministry for Finance in the coming weeks.