Documents required to register a child at a school are:
• Passports or ID card of both parents
• If parents are separated, a document confirming who has custody of the children
• Children’s birth certificates in English (Notary translation may be required)
• Children’s passports or ID cards;
• Approved health-screening certificates
• Proof of address
Pre-school / Kindergarten
Pre-school in Malta starts at the age of 3 – 4 years old and it is completely free of charge for all locals and foreigners. The focus of pre-school is aimed at social development and activities which involve a lot of play.
From Pre-School, children aged 5-11 years old progress to Primary School which usually lasts 6 years. Attendance at Primary School is compulsory for all children. It is at Primary School where children learn English, Maltese, Mathematics, Religion or Ethics, Social Studies, Drama. Foreign Language Awareness Program, ICT, Music, Physical Education, Science, Personal and Social Career Development and Technology in Education. At the end of the Primary Education, students are tested for all compulsory and elective subjects.
After Primary Education, children aged 11 – 16 attend Secondary school which lasts five years. Secondary school offers students a chance to learn various languages or focus on science. At the end of Secondary School in Malta, students can continue their education and take O Level examinations to progress to post-secondary education.
Post Secondary Education
At the age of 16, students can enroll at College and this is over the course of 2 years. During this period, students can choose from a multitude of subjects and in a manner, start to specialize towards a particular vocation. The focus is also on University preparation. At the end of college, students have to take and pass A-Level Examinations to be eligible for the University of Malta.
Higher education in Malta exceeds the expectations of those that want hands on training and a more practical approach to learning as opposed to the University of Malta, where a more theoretical approach is taken towards acquiring a degree.
The Employment Training Corporation (ETC), a government service, hold a variety of courses in Malta, for adults. These range from leisure activity based courses to more professional programs.
In terms of education, Malta is ideal as it offers flexibility to those on a budget, and choice to those that prefer private schools. Most private schools communicate in English and taking Maltese as a subject is compulsory, just like public schools. If you want to avoid this, we strongly recommend one of Malta’s International Schools.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]