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Asbestos in Schools

Malta Removes Asbestos from Schools

(6 October 2009)


A three-phase programme has been drawn up for the removal of asbestos products from state schools, Education Minister Dolores Cristina has
told parliament. She explained that items made of asbestos are currently not being used or are not accessible to students, and therefore they do not constitute an immediate danger.

Answering a parliamentary question by Labour MP Evarist Bartolo, Mrs Cristina said the first removal phase had been set under way during this summer’s holidays, while children were not at school.

The Minister last week said in reply to another parliamentary question that a number of schools had asbestos water tanks, some of which are used to water plants.