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Judge Francesco Depasquale has stopped the transfer of a senior lecturer from MCAST to the Pembroke secondary school.
Geologist Peter Gatt presented a request for an injunction in the First Hall of the Civil Court against MCAST, the Principal and the Deputy Principal at the same college, the PM, the Minister of Education and the Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Education.
He asked the Civil Court to stop MCAST from transferring him to a secondary school in Pembroke or to any other school.
Gatt was detailed from the OPM to teach at the Department for Building and Construction Engineering.
He said that after he expressed his lack of agreement about what he described as the “low quality of the syllabus” being imposed on him to teach at MCAST, steps were taken against him and he even accused the college of trying to sack him from the civil service.
On its part MCAST rebutted by saying that Gatt’s detail was revoked after he complained that the credits assigned to him to teach the students were not compatible with his level and qualifications and could have been taught by an architect, so he did not wish to teach the subjects.
From the evidence presented in front of Judge Depasquale it results that disciplinary proceedings had been opened against Gatt and he was even suspended for a number of days. He had presented a complaint to the Ombudsman who had ruled in his favour.
Judge Depasquale said that when one considers that MCAST had recognised that Gatt had the calibre and competence, there was still the intention to transfer him to a secondary school so that from a senior lecturer he was going to end up being a teacher.
He described the whole process against Peter Gatt as being too hurried and upheld his request to stop him from being transferred to another school.