Over 56,000 stu­dents and 10,000 ed­u­ca­tors back to work to­mor­row

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Over 56,000 pupils and 10,000 ed­u­ca­tors will be re­turn­ing to school when the new scholas­tic year starts to­mor­row, the gov­ern­ment said yes­ter­day.

A to­tal of 31,873 stu­dents com­mence their scholas­tic year in pri­mary and sec­ondary state schools to­gether with 3,713 teach­ers and 2,143 learn­ing sup­port as­sis­tants.

A num­ber of ma­jor in­fras­truc­tural projects in schools were un­der­taken for this scholas­tic year. These in­clude: • A new €8 mil­lion school in Swatar (lim­its of Dingli) which will cater for 500 stu­dents. This project in­cludes sci­ence lab­o­ra­to­ries, ICT rooms, a large mul­ti­pur­pose sports ground and an un­der­ground car park for 80 ve­hi­cles.

• A new €8 mil­lion mid­dle school in Kirkop will also cater for 500 stu­dents and in­cludes a his­tory room over­look­ing ar­chae­o­log­i­cal finds and two out­door sports grounds.

• A com­pletely re­fur­bished Żeb­buġ Pri­mary School. This school, pre­vi­ously a sec­ondary level one, was closed down a num­ber of years ago and over the past months was com­pletely re­fur­bished to house a new child­care cen­tre (to open in De­cem­ber) and new class­rooms. The old sewage sys­tem was re­placed and new fit­tings in­stalled. This will also cater for 500 stu­dents. The to­tal in­vest­ment for this project was €1 mil­lion.

• A €2.14 mil­lion project at the Dun Man­wel At­tard Young Adult Re­source Cen­tre in Wardija. The project in­volved the con­struc­tion of an ad­di­tional floor on the ex­ist­ing one as well as the con­struc­tion of an en­tire new lec­ture block. This project meant that the school can now take dou­ble the num­ber of stu­dents. The re­source cen­tre is for young peo­ple aged 16 to 22 who have in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties such as autism. The new ar­eas con­sist of new class­rooms, com­puter labs, Home Eco­nom­ics labs, sci­ence labs, a de­sign and tech­nol­ogy hub, drama rooms and a can­teen.

• A €1.4 mil­lion project at Sir M.A. Re­falo Sixth Form in Vic­to­ria, Gozo. The project cov­ered the con­struc­tion of a lec­ture block, ad­ja­cent to the present school, con­sist­ing of seven lec­ture rooms, two Bi­ol­ogy labs, two Physics labs, one Chem­istry lab, 4 ICT labs and a hall.

• A com­pletely re­fur­bished Xewk­ija Pri­mary School. The project con­sisted of an ex­ten­sive re­fur­bish­ment of the whole school that in­cluded all class­rooms, ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fices, toi­let fa­cil­i­ties and the hall. New class­rooms for ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar and sup­port­ing lec­tures were cre­ated. The in­vest­ment for this project was €520,000.

The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry said another im­por­tant mile­stone for this scholas­tic year is the next phase of the One Tablet per Child project for Year 4 stu­dents. Fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive train­ing for ed­u­ca­tors, the tablet is now in all Year 4 class­rooms and teach­ers and learn­ing sup­port as­sis­tants will be us­ing it in a live ed­u­ca­tional con­text. In De­cem­ber, the fol­low­ing phase of the project will start with the roll-out of the tablet de­vice to Year 4 stu­dents.

“Over the com­ing scholas­tic year, the plans for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Learn­ing Out­comes Frame­work in all schools will be fi­nal­ized and re­sources will be pro­vided in or­der to pro­vide more per­son­al­ized learn­ing to all stu­dents. Plans are be­ing drawn up for the in­tro­duc­tion of a For­eign Lan­guage Aware­ness Pro­gramme to­gether with a Sci­ence pro­gramme in the 3 – 16 after school ac­tiv­i­ties or­ga­nized by the Foun­da­tion for Ed­u­ca­tional Ser­vices.

The Na­tional Lit­er­acy Agency will con­tinue with its pop­u­lar pro­grammes ‘Aqra Miegħi’/Read with Me, Read­ing Am­bas­sadors, distri­bu­tion of read­ing books on a large scale and other ini­tia­tives which will ex­pand and reach out to more stu­dents.

Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion will con­tinue to be given par­ity of es­teem as pro­vided for in gen­eral ed­u­ca­tion. In or­der to en­cour­age them to fur­ther their learn­ing, stu­dents will be pro­vided with learn­ing pro­grammes such as the Prince’s Trust XL pro­gramme and the Core Cur­ricu­lum Pro­gramme. Fur­ther­more, the Gem 16+ Cen­tre and the Al­ter­na­tive Learn­ing Pro­gramme School, and the Youth Inc will con­tinue to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to stu­dents to re-en­gage with learn­ing to con­tinue on their ed­u­ca­tional jour­ney.”

The Min­istry will also be launch­ing a num­ber of cus­tomer care ser­vices for this scholas­tic year. Par­ents, stu­dents and the pub­lic can get in touch through the tra­di­tional chan­nels such as email (ed­u­ca­tion@gov.mt) and free phone num­ber 1571 (Mon­day to Fri­day from 6am to 6pm) as well as Face­book (fb.com/edukaz­zjoni) and What­sApp mes­sag­ing (9991 4356).

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