UPDATED: Is Maltese going to be removed from MATSEC? – Education Minister explains
The subject of Maltese presently offered in schools will not be substituted with an easier syllabus which will also be suitable for foreigners. This follows an issue which arose on social media, with a rumour that Maltese as a subject as we know it at present would end.
A spokesman for the MATSEC Board confirmed with TVM that MATSEC has been asked to issue a syllabus for a new subject: Maltese as a Foreign Language. This is being done because the need was felt for a Maltese subject suitable for foreign students wishing to learn the national language. This would not entail removal of or changes to the actual Maltese syllabus.
This in fact emerges clearly from the website site for the syllabi: Learning Outcomes Framework, which shows both Maltese and Maltese as a Foreign Language, with a detailed description of what is expected from students at every level of these two separate subjects.
Reaction of Education Minister
In his reaction, the Education Minister said that teaching Maltese as a foreign language is already in effect and has been for a long time. He said that at no point was it mentioned that Maltese would be removed as a MATSEC subject and added that new opportunities would be added using new, equitable tools.