Despite investment in education, Maltese students are still early school leavers
The European Commission said that Malta is investing a lot in education, and although the improvement has been constant, the rate of students who leave school or training at an early age, is still high, while the number of Maltese who have a tertiary education is still low when compared with the EU average.
In a 2018 report by the European Commission entitled, ‘Education and Training Monitor, it was noted that in 2016 the expenditure by the Government in education was 14% of public expenditure, which is higher than the EU average of 10%. However, Maltese students who are 15 years old, are at the bottom of the table when it comes to sciences, reading and mathematics.
According to the statistics published in this report, last year 18.6% of young Maltese people between the ages of 18-24 were not studying or undergoing any form of training, while the EU average was 10.6%. On the other hand, Malta has a better rate than the EU average in early education among four-year-old children who attend obligatory schooling. The rate in Malta is 98% while the average rate in the EU is three percentage points less.
When it comes to tertiary education, while 30% of Maltese between 30 – 35 obtained an advanced level of education, the rate in the EU is 40%.
The report also refers to amendments in the Constitution for the voting age to be lowered to 16. The report stressed the need for more importance to be given to civic education.
In its reaction, the Nationalist Party said that the report shows that despite the PL’s promise to be the best in Europe, we are lagging behind in education while the investment in education in proportion to the wealth being generated the country is decreasing.