Education System in Malta

The educational system in Malta is divided into three main branches: Primary Education, which extends from age five till eleven, Secondary Education which stretches from age eleven till sixteen, and Tertiary Education. We have one University, recognized by major foreign Universities. Education is compulsory from age five till sixteen. Parents can opt to send their children to State, Church or Private Schools.

Origins
Due to its colonial past, Malta’s state school sector draws its main inspiration from the British educational system. Kindergartens are available free of charge for all students from the age of three upwards. Primary schooling extends from the age of five, which marks the beginning of compulsory attendance, to the age of eleven.

Streaming is practiced during the last two years of primary education. Students sit national examinations at the end of Year 6 and proceed to Junior Lyceums, Area Secondary schools, or ‘opportunity schools’. Depending on their performance at this eleven plus hurdle. While an increasing number of students with special learning needs are being placed in mainstream schools, some still receive their education in special primary and secondary schools.

The school-leaving age was raised to 16 in 1974. At the end of their fifth year of secondary schooling, students sit for a local version of G.S.C.E., called Secondary Education Certificate (SEC). After two years at the sixth form Junior College students sit for another set of ‘Matriculation’ examinations at intermediate and advanced levels. This enables successful students to move on to tertiary education, and particularly to University.

Universities
At University level, the international dimension finds scope in the Foundation for International Studies of the University of Malta which organizes international conferences on a variety of subjects. The Foundation has also promoted, through its International Environment Institute, several projects, notably a world-wide network concern d with the Rights of Future Generations (under UNESCO auspices) and a system of protection against natural and technological hazards (under Council of Europe auspices) as well as courses in cultural tourism and diplomatic studies with an innovative anthro pological bias.

If you are going for Malta holidays It must be noted that Education in Malta caters for all sectors of the population, including the handicapped for which a Special Education Section within the Education Department is set up. The Department also offers various ancillary services, e.g. guidan ce and counselling, welfare, psychological, medical, and spiritual, which enhance the quality of education offered.

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