Education System in Malta - An Overview
Malta situated in the Central Mediterranean Sea is made of five islands, namely, Malta (the largest), Gozo, Comino, Comminotto (Maltese, Kemmunett), and Filfla. The distance between Malta and the nearest point in Sicily is 93 km, while distance from the nearest point on the North African mainland (Tunisia) is 288 km. Gibraltar lies at 1,826 km to the west and Alexandria is 1,510 km to the east. The capital city of Malta is Valletta.
Children in Malta start attending school at the age of 5 years. Education is available for free to children between 5 to 16 years. According to the Education Act of 1988, the National Minimum Curriculum and the National Minimum Regulations for all Schools are managed by the State. The Education agenda of Malta Government works towards the eventual aim of producing flexible manpower, that would be able to adapt and change career if necessary. Moreover, the Government of Malta is committed for improvement of Educational infrastructure.
School enrolment is compulsory for all children between the age of 5 to 16 years. The government of Malta is committed to a policy of Inclusive Education throughout the country. The Educational System also ensures that children with special need may integrate into the main stream.