UPDATED : Illogical decision to reduce English lessons should be revised

19th May 2017

Malta Chamber expresses concern on reported decision to reduce English lessons for Fourth Formers. Ministry says that allocated number of lessons to remain unchanged. 

Following a Press Release issued by the Malta Chamber this morning in reaction to a report that English lessons for Form 4 students are to be reduced by one lesson a week next year, the Ministry for Education said no changes in the number of lessons of English will take place.

The Malta Chamber expressed its utmost concern on the reported news and said that the decision goes against any logic and ought to be revised with immediate effect.

The Malta Chamber had expressed itself in the past that in an increasingly open economy which depends on excellent communication with international markets, English plays a central and pivotal role in the economic growth of the country. In its ‘Employee Skills Survey’ of 2016, the National Commission for Further and Higher Education (NCFHE) claimed that one of the skills matches considered important by employers is in fact English Language (74.4%)

"Unfortunately the level of English has already demonstrably been experiencing a decline among the young in recent years. This decision certainly is illogical as is bound to compound this negative trend. This decision is seen by the Malta Chamber as a change in policy direction" the Press Release concluded.

In its statement, the Ministry for Education and Employment said that the Ministry would be investing in further training for English teachers through an agreement with Cambridge English, with the aim that students receive an even better learning experience in this subject.

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