Blog post by an educator
This week’s incident at Hamrun’s Secondary School, where a teacher’s water bottle was spiked, shows in what a pitiful state this school is. This school has already been in the news in the past few years about the students’ atrocious behaviour and bullying, among other things.
We are doing the children who live in the catchment area of this school a great disservice. Why? As an educator, I wonder whether these students are getting the educational entitlement that is due to them? Do they feel safe and happy at this school?
With such recurring incidents, I rightly have my own doubts about this. This leads to the question of whether students with an attitude should attend a mainstream school or not. I would never send my own children to such a school as the students are surely not getting the education that they deserve.
As an educator it is pertinent to ask, what is the school culture? What is being done from the side of the Ministry of Education to help this school which is obviously failing? Attending a failing school has been known to impact the students’ self-esteem and discourage them from studying.
The college system was enacted in the name of inclusion. But are support systems in place to cater for these students, who although they are still in year 9 or 10, are already disenchanted with the education that they are being given. Are there support systems in place for these students who obviously are tomorrow’s criminals?
In an utopian world, everybody learns together, but isn’t it a crime to let these disaffected students ruin the learning of others who want to continue their studies? Has a study been conducted to see whether the college system is viable? Has it yielded any results? Have exam marks gone further up? Or has Malta lost its gifted and talented students? Or maybe it is time for a drastic overhaul of the college system?