Research study: Vocational subjects can help students who don’t want to study

The teaching of vocational subjects at secondary school level has been welcomed by teachers, although they have indicated that there are certain shortcomings which still need to be addressed. This has emerged from a study which was carried out among members of the teachers’ union, the MUT.

Union Vice President Marco Bonniċi said that in all there are around 800 students who have chosen a vocational subject. He added that teachers of these subjects have complained about the lack of resources and that in some cases, the classroom environment is not suitable.

“We need to carry out a stocktaking of the situation. We need to see why certain students are not choosing vocational subjects, because we know that in certain schools there are facilities and yet they are not chosen. On the other hand, where facilities exist we need to see how they are being used. We need to see to the training of teachers because that is one of the issues which emerged from the survey,” said the MUT Vice President.

Mr Bonniċi said that there is something lacking in the educational system because not everyone is inclined towards academic subjects and the introduction of vocational subjects at secondary level can help to solve this problem.

The study also covers the MATSEC exam, however the result shows that there is a difference in the way teachers look at this exam.

“The feedback we obtained over MATSEC seems to be divided. There are teachers who work well with MATSEC. There are some who even work after school although they said they are not paid for this work. Others are skeptical and are expecting a reform,”  said Mr Marco Bonnici.

The results from this study will be published during a conference which will be organised on Saturday as part of the activities to commemorate the Union’s 96th anniversary.