Malta

The presented data comes from EURYPEDIA.

The Ministry of Education and Employment (MEDE) is responsible for education in Malta. The Government’s education policy is underscored by two main premises; equity and quality. This commitment is evidenced by an inclusive policy at all levels of education and the provision of free education to all from kindergarten to tertiary education in public schools. The Government also subsidises Church schools which do not charge tuition fees and gives tax rebates to parents sending their children to private schools. Compulsory education covers the ages 5 to 16 years and is divided into two main cycles; primary education (5 – 11 years) and secondary education (11 – 16 years). Prior to the start of primary education there is provision of child-day care (ages 0 – 3 years) and kindergarten education for children aged 3 to 4 years. Although not compulsory, around 98% of 4 year olds attend kindergarten. Alongside the public education sector, there is also a non-state sector which accounts for around 30% of the student cohort. The two sectors work in close partnership in providing a quality education to all students. Following compulsory education students can choose to follow either a general education or a vocational education path.

Tertiary education is provided at the University of Malta and at the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, the latter specialising in vocational degrees. Lifelong Learning courses for adult learners are provided both during the day and also as evening classes both in state educational institutions as well as by private providers. Some of the courses are run in collaboration with Local Councils to facilitate accessibility to adult learners. Courses cover a wide array of subjects and topics and can be followed to acquire formal qualifications or for personal self-development.

While Eurypedia provides a comprehensive description of Maltese education, further information may also be sought on the Ministry of Education and Employment website.


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