GUG voices concerns over grant payments still not received
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The Gozo University Group said in a statement this morning that it has received a number of complaints regarding the indefinite delay in distribution of the maintenance grant entitled to Gozitan students who travel to Malta for their education.
In a statement issued by the Ministry for Gozo on the 26th of April regarding the late payment it said “they will ensure that the subsidy due to these students for the first three months of this year will be processed and paid in the coming days.”
GUG urges the responsible authorities to settle this issue as soon as possible, particularly since in the coming weeks students will be sitting for their examinations, which is a sensitive time for all.
The expected €400 cheque is the second out of three grants received by Gozitans, amounting to €1,200 annually. It is issued every three months during the scholastic year and the last payment should have arrived some weeks ago following the first supplement in January. GUG said that none of the students received the grant.
GUG said that while it understands that any number of issues could be the cause for this delay, “we remind those responsible that payments for apartment renting and utilities – towards which the grant is meant to help – have had to be made by students regardless of the lack of financial support. To some, this may seem a minor issue, yet the views expressed from several students say otherwise.”
“As an organisation incessantly aiming to give Gozitans’ rights first priority, the longer students are being made to wait, the more the issue is becoming a sore point and unless immediate action is taken, the detrimental effects of the delay will only increase.
“GUG therefore urges that the necessary steps be taken to resolve this situation as soon as possible and appeals that such delay should not take place again.”
GUG has also said this morning that it intends to visit the Ministry for Gozo to “continue to tackle the problem.”