Dr Hermann Farrugia writes :
Rather than insistently witch-hunting Justyne Caruana over this particular Yuletide, it would have made far more sense had PN’s Policy Clusters on Education and Youth effectively focused on basic national-target priorities. Malta’s public education standards have progressively dwindled. The plight should be on their proper evaluation.
In spite of the interminable sequence of cumulative educational reforms and the massive injection of supposedly more modern resources by successive Public Administrations, education is in a sorry state.
It appears that the situation in Malta is quite akin to that of its now major EU Nation-Key partner, France. Both states are top among the OECD countries in their respective National ‘struggle’ of imparting a modicum of life education to their young citizens.
The recent results of National Audits have now confirmed that in spite of the vast prevalence of state commitment through ever generous public spending, it has not been possible to obtain any tangible improvement of their respective National Education systems. Indeed, the latest results indicate that their cost/benefit ratios are abysmal.
Locally, it would have been far more beneficial to obtain some forward-looking views from the PN’s Education Policy Cluster, possibly formulated to refresh the party’s electoral proposals. These would have inevitably been based on this bitter reality of quite parallel appalling statistics as those published this week in France The French National Audit Office, the Cour des Comptes, found that on completion of their primary school education, 40% of French Children do not generate a fundamental knowledge in fluent reading, creative writing, and basic mathematical skills.
The situation in Malta is not much different. If one looks at the cost/benefit ratio targets, one finds that the state is not getting the value for the money that it is spending in public schools. The fault is not the teachers but rather the bad system and policies that are being implemented by the Government.