Business leaders across the nation are pledging to increase compulsory education by two years to 18 in an effort to address the alarmingly high number of early school leavers.
They also advocated for an overhaul in the education system to improve standards for both students and teachers.
The Malta Chamber also made a handful of recommendations on Wednesday to encourage, appeal, preserve, and upskill talent in order to boost productivity. The organisation’s president, Marisa Xuereb, added that its recommendation to increase the mandatory education age by two years would encourage students to keep studying.
In recent years, there has been a drop in sixth-form students, with a decrease of 5.9% between registrations in 2016/2017 and 2018/2019. In the meantime, 60.1% of students in 2020 managed to obtain six O-Level passes.
Pointing towards the evident data, the Malta Chamber stated: ‘This shows that a substantial amount of young people are failing to complete a Matriculation Certificate/Vet Diploma (iv) or an Undergraduate Diploma (Vet Higher Diploma) which are nowadays considered as general requirements for entry-level jobs.’
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