Ed­u­ca­tion bud­get con­tin­u­a­tion of on­go­ing ini­tia­tives; lacks on new in­no­va­tive ones – MUT

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As a re­ac­tion to the bud­get, the Malta Union of Teach­ers notes that it is a con­tin­u­a­tion of pre­vi­ous ini­tia­tives and is meant to build on mea­sures taken in re­cent years in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor. Th­ese in­clude the build­ing of more new schools and ex­ten­sions of ex­is­tent ones, mea­sures re­lated to lit­er­acy in­clud­ing a na­tional cen­tre for Cur­ricu­lum in Gozo, ped­a­gogy train­ing for teach­ers, the sab­bat­i­cal ini­tia­tive and in­vest­ment in tech­nol­ogy and vo­ca­tional ed­u­ca­tion.

On the other hand, the union can­not but stress that this bud­get is short on in­no­va­tive ini­tia­tives and on de­ci­sions that need to be taken ur­gently in re­la­tion to var­i­ous is­sues.

Th­ese in­clude mea­sures to at­tract and in­crease the num­ber of new ed­u­ca­tors in the teach­ing pro­fes­sion which is fac­ing an im­mi­nent cri­sis, and a bud­get to in­tro­duce a cur­ricu­lum to cater for stu­dents with dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties.

The union is also dis­ap­pointed about the fact that be­yond the tourism in­dus­try there is no pro­vi­sion for a gen­eral set-up across the board which takes care of ac­cred­i­ta­tion of prior learn­ing to the detri­ment of many skilled work­ers.

Also, the pro­posal for a per­ma­nent com­mit­tee on ed­u­ca­tion which would ex­on­er­ate ed­u­ca­tion from par­ti­san wran­gles has not yet been taken on board.

In con­clu­sion, the union hopes that the de­tailed es­ti­mates of the bud­get will go some way in an­swer­ing the above con­cerns.

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