Graffitti urges government to increase financial support for working students

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The student wing of Moviment Graffitti has called on the government to increase financial support for working students.

In a statement on Monday, Studenti Graffitti reacted to the news that the Junior College will allow flexible programs for students to extend their studies to four years instead of two.

However, they called on the government to consider helping working students with more financial support by further increasing the amount of the allowance and increasing the weekly working hours allowed, adding that this is not enough.

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“We strongly encourage all working students to talk to each other, to organize, to unionize and to defend their rights, because this is the only way for the working class to have power over those who exploit them” , said Studenti Graffitti.

In its statement, the NGO expressed concern about the current socio-economic realities faced by low-income families.

Junior College has announced its decision to offer students the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education over a four-year period. This option was previously available to students with learning disabilities, but has now been extended to all students.

The move was justified as an attempt to allow 16-year-old students who are also “breadwinners” to juggle study and work.

“Flexible programs are an important addition to studies because they allow students to study at their own pace. However, we must point out the problematic reasoning behind this new style of course, of course,” the NGO said.

Studenti Graffitti said the reasoning shows there is a “critical” systemic problem and argued that what is being proposed cannot be a solution. He warned that unless the economic system is changed, the situation will get worse for students.

“The current economic system has discouraged many teenagers from pursuing higher education due to their financial situation. Delivering this course will not address the deeper systemic issues that have turned 16-18 year olds into breadwinners.

According to figures published by the Office for National Statistics, a fifth of people under the age of 18 are at risk of poverty in Malta. The NGO pointed out that while people who work hard to survive and make ends meet, the wealthy continue to exploit their precarious situation by offering low wages, long working hours and inadequate working conditions.

“Every student should be encouraged to pursue their academic aspirations full-time, if they wish, without having to worry about their financial situation or that of their family. The root cause of this problem can only be solved by improving the conditions of the working class as a whole. Only by fighting for higher wages to keep up with the cost of living, better working conditions and providing everyone with the right to affordable housing can we begin to tackle this interconnected problem.

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