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Title: Malta
Other Titles: The education systems of Europe
Authors: Bezzina, Christopher
Keywords: Education -- History -- Malta
Educational change -- Malta
Teachers -- Training of -- Malta
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Citation: Bezzina, C. (2015). Malta. In W. Hörner, H. Döbert, L. Reuter, & B. von Kopp (Eds.), The education systems of Europe (pp. 523-543). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
Series/Report no.: Global education systems;
Abstract: Education in Malta can be traced back to medieval times. In the 1850s, a model school for teaching was set up. The 1924 Compulsory Attendance Act enforced school attendance until the age of 12. In 1928, school attendance was raised to age 14 for students registered in state and private schools. The 1946 Compulsory Education Ordinance made primary education compulsory for all Maltese children between the ages of 4 and 14. Until 1970, Maltese pupils only had access to secondary education after passing the 11+ admission examinations or by enrolling in a private school. In 1970, secondary education for all was introduced. Secondary education was based on a system of selectivity. The more academically oriented children were channeled into the established schools which predated the reform. Students who failed the 11+ examinations and who previously stayed on in a primary school until they reached the school-leaving age were now grouped in the newly established state general secondary schools. The curricula of these new schools were effectively modeled on the needs of the students likely to leave school as soon as they attained the school-leaving age. In 1972, the entrance examination to the state grammar schools was abolished, and all pupils proceeded from their local primary school to a secondary school in their area.
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