Choosing the right school and education for your child.
Education in Malta defines the rights and obligations of students, parents, the State and Non-Governmental Organisations (foremost amongst which is the Catholic Church) in the sphere of Education.
The Maltese educational institutions - State, private, and religious - provide an extensive system which caters for all requirements.
The State primary school system is localised in every town and village. Schooling is compulsory from age 5 to 16 but kindergarten classes are provided from the age of 3. Parents can also assure a place within Church schools through the ballot system. Church schools are substantially subsidised by Government and for tuition parents can pay a donation to the school. One can also opt for an Independent School where parents have the option to pay for their children’s education. Church & Independent schools, lessons are usually held in English apart from the Maltese lesson. There is a National Minimum Curriculum set for all schools.
It must be noted that Education in Malta caters for all sectors of the population, including the handicapped for which a Special Education Section within the Education Department is set up. The Department also offers various supplementary services, e.g. guidance and counselling, welfare, psychological, medical, and spiritual, which enhance the quality of education offered.
A very important detail is to visit schools, go to orientation visits or arrange an appointment and look around. There must be 3 or 4 schools in your locality, choose the right one for you. Talk to other parents with older children and see what they think. Ask about the facilities and activities they have.
Choosing the right school for your child can require intensive thinking, time and energy. Always remember that you are doing this for your child. You have the opportunity to decide what type of schooling and education your child can have, it is a responsibility that you need to make the best of.