Go­ing in for­ward gear and then in re­verse gear in our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem

Malta Independent - - DEBATE & ANALYSIS -

I get the feel­ing that this is how changes are made in our ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem: we go round in cir­cles and adopt past prac­tices that were later done away with. I got this feel­ing when I heard that vo­ca­tional sub­jects are be­ing in­tro­duced at sec­ondary level. This is like in­tro­duc­ing trade schools at sec­ondary level which was abol­ished years ago. Years ago we adopted the sys­tem of try­ing to set a com­mon cur­ricu­lum for all till Form 5, al­though choos­ing to keep cer­tain sub­jects in Form 3.

I think that in­tro­duc­ing vo­ca­tional sub­jects from Form 3 is not ben­e­fi­cial to stu­dents. It is bet­ter to have a com­mon cur­ricu­lum set for all which cel­e­brates mul­ti­ple in­tel­li­gences than to in­tro­duce cer­tain vo­ca­tional sub­jects to some. Cel­e­brat­ing mul­ti­ple in­tel­li­gences is needed by all stu­dents: all stu­dents should en­gage not only in in­tel­lec­tual ac­tiv­ity but also in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, drama, music, and so on, which would help them de­velop all around. Set­ting a com­mon core cur­ricu­lum and leav­ing vo­ca­tional sub­jects and spe­cial­iza­tion for later would en­able us to find time for the much-needed me­dia ed­u­ca­tion, a much­needed tool for our times, and a time set to help stu­dents learn skills and to con­tinue to learn through life­long learn­ing.

Joe Portelli Nadur

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