Malta’s earring issue looks to finally be put to bed. Malta’s Ministry of Education has given the green light to parents to allow their children to wear earring to schools.
Education minister Evarist Bartolo retraced his steps and removed the ban on earrings placed only a week ago. Restrictions however are still present. Only stud earrings are acceptable by the ministry for young age children. This means that no ring earrings can be worn to school.
This sudden u-turn came after the Maltese Association of Parents of State School Students (MAPSSS) had urged minister Bartolo to remove the decision as this might pose as a health hazard to young children. Parents argued that children have have recently had their earrings pierced were told to specifically not remove the earring to avoid infections.
MAPSSS also argued that the decision was taken without a meeting with the association, labelling the ban as a “hasty decision”. The association pointed out that when the uniform policy was published by the ministry back in June, no remarks were made to earrings.
The decision to remove the ban has been welcomed by parents, with some arguing that such decisions should have never been taken in the first place.
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