MALTA EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT
In Malta, the Ministry of Education and Employment is keeping under the same roof who produces SKILLS and who demands SKILLS with the mission of “The objective of the Ministry for Education and Employment is to provide present and future generations with the necessary skills and talents for citizenship and employability, in the 21st century and beyond.”
School system in Malta
One component of the education system in Malta is pre-school education. Pre-school participation is voluntary, and around ninety-five percent of children aged three and five participate in it. Pre-school education is co-educational and is dispensed free in state schools. Teaching is mandatory for all children between five and sixteen.
Participation in the pre-school level (3-5 years) is voluntary. Pre-school teaching is co-educational and is provided free in state schools.
Mandatory Teaching (5-16 years)
The compulsory education is divided into two parts: primary education (five to ten years) is largely divided into two cycles, each of a duration of three years with a particular focus on: social attitudes and attitudes in the figures and letters during the first three years; and a more formal attitude of acquisition of the program.
The secondary education (from eleven to sixteen) includes: a lower secondary education (for the age group 11-16) is available to all students who successfully complete their primary teaching cycle. Higher secondary education (for the 16-18 age group) is divided into two main areas: classical education and vocational training. The classical teaching prepares students for entry to higher education. Vocational training is more work-oriented and emphasizes the development of attitudes for specific jobs.
The government is committed to a comprehensive education policy throughout the educational cycle. This ensures that children with special needs are integrated into the mainstream.
There are no fees if you participate in public schools. The state subsidizes other private schools when these are non-profit-making. This grant usually concerns religious schools. Parents whose children participate in independent schools are entitled to a tax relief on school fees. The Minister also has the power to determine the maximum charges that can be charged for teaching Maltese citizens in schools other than public schools and the maximum charges thus determined may vary according to the schools or according to the levels or sectors of the schools other than public schools. Students in secondary and higher education receive awards.
A list of the main international and private schools in which a considerable number of international students are enrolled each year:
- St. Edward’s College – a British Catholic private school, guarantees high international standards of education. English is the most widely spoken language (male school);
- San Andrea School – a leading private school in Malta, guarantees high levels of education. English is the most widely spoken language (mixed school, males and females are allowed);
- The Verdala International School – private school, offers American-style education and prepares students for IGCSE and IBDP (mixed school, both males and females are allowed);
- Quality Schools International – offers the “Advanced Placement International Diploma” and prepares, among other things, the preparation of the study program to obtain the IGCSE.
Therefore one of the greatest resources of the Country is represented by highly qualified and flexible human resources, thanks also to the presence of a modern and efficient education system.
The working conditions and wages are regulated by the Employment and industrial relations Act of 2002. It is an act that encompasses the previous disciplines on individual employment relationships (CERA) and collective labor relations (IRA) in a single text .
As compensation for the extraordinary working week, the 50% increase in the ordinary hourly wage is expected, while for the extraordinary holiday the 100% increase in the ordinary hourly wage is expected.
The work week is 40 hours. The number of days of paid leave is not legally coded. Employees currently enjoy five weeks plus four days of paid vacation per year. They also benefit from 14 paid public holidays per year: if the holiday falls on a day of rest, the employees are compensated by a further day of vacation.
Since 1 January 2002, Malta has ratified the provisions of Council Directive 94/33 / EC regarding the safety and health of young workers up to the age of 18. This includes: the prohibition of any night work from 24.00 to 4.00 hours, the importance of adequate supervision at work, the guarantee of a minimum rest period of 30 minutes if the daily working time is 4 ½ hours or more , and the right to two, preferably consecutive, rest days which, in principle, include a Sunday.
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