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KURT SANSONE A school teacher in Malta has a start- ing salary that falls just below the average of 42 European countries analysed in a European Commission study. The starting salary of a teacher in Malta is €22,603 per year, without allowances, while the European av- erage for primary school teachers stands at €25,668. A Maltese teacher earns more than her counterpart in Portugal, and slightly less than an Italian educa- tor. The starting salary in Portugal is €22,290 and that in Italy is €23,729. maltatoday 2 today SUNDAY • 13 OCTOBER 2019 • ISSUE 1041 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY today today €22,290 and that in Italy PAGE 7 YOUR FIRST READ AND CLICK OF THE DAY WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT Teachers' salaries below EU average €1.95 Hero abroad, enemy at home The polarised legacy 14-15 And what are really the best of times? IMMANUEL MIFSUD MT2 PAGES 4-5 MALTA'S GOLDEN PASSPORT Fr Aaron Zahra Dominican abbot on sex abuse in schools: Church has a lot to learn PGS 16-17 And what are really the PAGES 4-5 Daphne, two years on 2 INSIDE Starting salaries for Maltesse school teachers fall below average of 42 European countries Police launch probe into Chetcuti Cauchi clients Police have requested top citizenship fi rm's paperwork and documents on all clients it advanced for Malta's golden passport MATTHEW VELLA THE Maltese police have launched a fact-finding probe into allegations of po- litical influence in the sale of Malta's golden passport, as claimed by a legal firm in a French undercover TV ex- posé. Chetcuti Cauchi, a law firm which was the first company after concessionaires Henley & Partners to gain a licence to sell Maltese citizenship under the Individual Investor Programme, has, since the broadcast of M6's Enquête Esclusive, been suspended from the IIP. The company's founding partner, Jean-Philippe Chet- cuti, was filmed in the un- dercover sting boasting of his political connections to Prime Minister Joseph Mus- cat and the parliamentary secretary for citizenship, Ju- lia Farrugia, as a way of be- ing able to overcome prob- lems related to an applicant's criminal record. Now the police have launched a probe into the al- legations. PAGE 3 today BUDGET Follow us LIVE on Monday SPECIAL PRINT EDITION Tuesday Midweek 'Budget' edition is out Tuesday malta SUNDAY • And what are really the best of times? IMMANUEL MIFSUD MT2 Fr Aaron Zahra ominican abbot sex abuse in chools: Church a lot to Jean Philippe Chetcuti (left) was filmed boasting of the firm's political connections, suggesting that problematic clients with a criminal record could still be issued a golden passport, thanks to these connections

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