Watch: “Making school compulsory until the age of 18 won’t improve student opportunities”
The Deputy of the Faculty of Education, Michelle Attard Tonna, was skeptical about the proposal made by the Chamber of Commerce to increase compulsory education from 16 to 18 years.
This emerged in an interview she gave on the TVAM program on TVMNEWS + which dealt with this proposal.
The report, launched by the Chamber of Commerce, outlined this proposal to address, among other things, the fact that Malta currently has the second highest number of students in Europe who drop out of school in their youth. Almost 17% of Maltese students are dropping out of school without basic skills.
The Deputy of the Faculty of Education, Michelle Attard Tonna said that while it is true that a student will find more doors open if he continues to study, if the compulsory school age rises to 18 years this will not improve student opportunities. She explained that the problem in the academic formation of a person starts in primary school and that students often can’t wait to turn 16 to be able to leave school.
On the other hand, the author of the report, Fabianne Ruggier said that if the student does not invest another two years in his future he will not be starting adulthood in the strongest way possible. She added that more than 77% of Maltese enterprises are saying that they cannot find raw talent.