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Pulse tell Education Minister: reduce early school leavers

Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012, 14:47

 

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On Monday student organisation Pulse had the opportunity to discuss major education challenges in a meeting with Education Minister Dolores Cristina. The meeting focused on a number of feasible solutions and how these challenges can be addressed, both in the short-term and in the long-run.

One of the main themes discussed was early-school leavers where the organisation emphasized the need for this issue to be addressed urgently. Minister Cristina explained her plans of better accademic councelling, especially in primary education levels in locations registering the largest number of difficulties. Furthermore the Ministry is considering initiatives where MCAST and the University of Malta can collaborate to tackle this problem.

Pulse stressed the need of conserving quality in reforms influencing the number of students accessing different levels of education. The Minister announced that the recent MATSEC changes and the 5-year period extended to students also applies to students who sat for their A-Levels since 2008.

The discussion also delved into the number of incidents registered before and during this year’s MATSEC examination and the need for the relevant resources to be in place during these sessions.

Pulse also appealed for more awareness and information to young people on European Union opportunities and the strengthening of the International Office within the University of Malta. The Minister agreed that discussions should be held on how the necessary information would be sent to the students individually.

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