How many times have we heard of the shocking statistics of young students leaving school early? Some tend to blame the students themselves, others blamed the teachers… but neither of the two was to blame in reality! You cannot blame the teacher who has to teach what she is told to, and you cannot blame the student who isn’t interested in the subjects being taught!
Finally it looks like we are about the see the light at the end of the tunnel! State schools will be providing struggling students with subjects that focus on hands-on learning. We seem to be moving away from an education where everyone must fit in, whether they feel comfortable to do so or not!
This is a major shift in the education system. We seem to be moving away from a purely academic approach, where few excelled whilst others were desperately trying to go by. This new system will see successful students in these “applied” subjects earn a Secondary Education Applied Certificate (SEAC). This will be the applied equivalent of the SEC certificate awarded when passing ‘O’ Level exams.
We must make it clear that students will need to pass two applied options but also the core subjects; which will be taught hands-on in workshops rather than being theory-based. But… they also must pass the main core subjects. These are Maltese, Maths, English and Science; which now can also be studied in the new applied versions.
A significant investment has been put through to build state-of-the-art workshops to cater for the new subjects. New applied versions of the four core subjects’ syllabi are also being drafted. The chance to take options will take place in Year 8. This means that, for the first time in the history of Malta’s education system, those in Year 9 next year will eventually be able to deliberately avoid the SEC exams, opting instead for a SEAC certificate awarded by the Matsec board.
Following this, they will be able to follow courses at levels 1-3 at either Mcast or ITS, depending on the results obtained, however not at sixth forms such as Junior College or Higher Secondary.
Here is a list of the new subjects:
- Engineering Technology
- Information Technology
- Health and Social Care
- Media Literacy
- Hairdressing and Beauty
- Textiles and Fashion