The government and the Malta Union of Teachers (MUT) signed
an agreement to collaborate in reforming the education system on Tuesday
morning. The reform will include 70
measures set to strengthen education through the efforts of students, teachers
and parents alike.
“After the education reform law last year, the agreement
with the MUT is a great step forward towards giving Malta’s youths the best education
possible and opening a new chapter in the development of Malta’s educational
system,” explained Minister Louis Galea who presided over the signing in a
ceremony in Floriana
The agreement will also see to the needs of educators, who
will be provided with profession support, more classroom resources, modern
teaching tools and better allowances to carry out their duties.
The system will be reformed through two directorates. The Directorate
for Quality and Standards in Education will focus on the curriculum and its
completion in class, through the surveillance of an Educational Inspectorate. On
the other hand the Directorate for Educational Services will ensure that all
schools will have sufficient resources for educational services to be given
according to the needs of students.
The agreement is creating a new basis for early childhood
education and care where all Kindergarten assistants will be required to have a
Diploma as from 2010 and a Degree and warrant issued by the Council of Teachers
as from 2015. The Kindergarten sector will also undergo technological reforms
and computers will be introduced in classes to aid teaching.
At higher educational levels, the Counseling Services will
be separated from Career Guidance, while support given to students and teachers
will be strengthened through a multi-disciplinary team of psychologists, social
workers, youth workers, health and safety officers and discipline prefects
The agreement also sees to providing a formative assessment
of students which is not based solely on their accomplishments during
As part of improving information technology in schools, all
secondary school teachers will be provided with a lap top, like their primary
school counterparts. Allowances for teacher grades, including head teachers and
their assistants will also be improved.
The agreement also calls for persons employed with the
Education Division in the grades of Instructor, or persons bearing a permanent
teacher warrant, to have equal rights and opportunities as regular teachers.
Speaking of the agreement, MUT President described the
agreement as “historical”, adding that “the leadership of schools will be
gathered under a number of colleges with completely new structures.” He further
augured that Malta’s
schools will become more “student friendly and no longer be seen only as an
institution where examinations are taken”.