My personal story
R: When I finished university and I was looking for a job, there was an opportunity. I sent my cv to many schools, and I was asked to be interviewed by many schools. But there was one particular school who employed which had a policy, let us say (but it was not written black on white) that they admitted only women, for the reason that it was a tradition at this school. Because it was a nun’s school and they felt that their mind would be more at rest if the whole staff of the school would be female.
I: Because the children ...
R: ... because the students are girls and because I had graduated in exactly the subjects that they required. So without a second thought... I mean, I was employed with them immediately. I have now been working there for about fourteen years and until now... I mean, each time that there was another opportunity for employment, it was always women that were employed. This could have been an advantage to me, because if there had been males who applied for the same job as myself, they were at a disadvantage because of their gender.
I: Can you tell me something about whether you agree with this policy, whether it is true that it is better for the children? Do you think that this really avoids certain problems?
R: There’s been little experience of children relating to male teachers. For example, you have a teacher who needs to absent herself due to sick leave... For instance, I remember once there was a teacher who was absent because she underwent an operation in hospital. And because she needed her six weeks of rest, they had employed a male teacher of Physics. So the girls, especially at secondary level, as soon as they saw a young man... It was not a very positive experience for the school. But I cannot tell you what it would have been like should they have employed a male teacher full-time there for a long time. I have no idea how they would have reacted .
I: Should you find yourself in a situation where you can decide whether to employ a male teacher or not, what would you do?
R: I think I would give them a chance, but it would depend on the subject. For example for a subject like Personal and Social Development, I would not employ a male teacher because the subjects that they must treat in that subject... But in other subjects, such as the principal competences like Maltese, English, Mathematics, why not?
R: Meta spiccajt l-universitá u kont qed infittex impjieg kien hemm opportunitá, bghatt is-cvs f'hafna skejjel, u baghtu ghalija ghal hafna interviews, pero kien hemm skola partikolari li kienet timpjega kellha policy ha nghidu hekk pero ma kinitx miktuba jigifieri black on white li jaccettaw nisa biss ghar-raguni li minn dejjem kienet hekk it-tradizzjoni ghax skola tas-sorijiet u kien ikollhom rashom mistrieha jekk l-istaff kienet tkun kollha femminili
I: ghax it-tfal
R: minhabba li l-istudenti huma bniet u minhabba li kont gradwajt fis-suggetti ezatt li huma xtaqu allura bla ebda hsieb ta' xejn jigifieri impjegawni maghhom mill-ewwel. Ilni nahdem maghhom issa ghal madwar erbatax-il sena u s'issa jigifieri kull darba li kien hemm opportunitá ohra dejjem nisa gew impjegati. Dan seta' kien ta' vantagg ghalija ghax jekk kien hemm guvintur li kienu applikaw mieghi kienu zvantaggati huma minhabba l-gens taghhom.
I: Issa forsi tghidli xi haga jekk taqbilx maghha inti dil-policy, jekk hux vera ghat-tfal ahjar hekk, tahsibx qed jevitaw vera certi problemi.
R: Ftit kien hemm esperjenza ta' tfal illi irrelataw ma' ghalliema li huma rgiel, pez jkollok ghalliema li tkun naqset habba xi leave fil-qasir imma, niftakar pez kien hemm darba ghalliema li naqset ghax riedet taghmel operazzjoni l-isptar u minhabba li kellha bzonn is-sitt gimghat taghha ta' mistrieh kienu impjegaw ghalliem tal-Physics, allura t-tfajliet specjalment fis-sekondarja kif raw guvni ghadu zghir ma tantx kienet ta' esperjenza pozittiva ghall-iskola. Imma ma nistax nghid kif kienet tkun is-sitwazzjoni kieku impjegajna ghalliem full-time hemmhekk ghal zmien twil, ma nistax nifhem kif kienu jirreaggixxu kieku
I: Li kieku tkun int fil-pozizzjoni li tiddeciedi jekk iddahhalx irgiel teachers jew le x'taghmel?
R: Nahseb illi naghtihom il-possibbiltá peró jiddependi xi jkun is-suggett, pez is-suggett bhall-PSD kieku ma kontx nimpjega ragel ghaliex minhabba s-suggetti li jridu jittrattaw fih is-suggett, imma suggetti ohra bhal li huma kompetenzi principali bhall-Malti, Ingliz, Matematika, ghaliex le?
Gender did matter