The MUT is hitting out at the Malta Business Chamber over its proposed two-year extension of compulsory school age. Decisions about the educational system and educators cannot be taken by the chamber through its sole interest for businesses. The educational system is bowing too much to the interest of businesses and this has to stop. Schools are not producers of workers to meet the needs of businesses, but education is a holistic experience being provided to individuals to enable them to reach their potential beyond employment needs.
The influence of businesses on education is leading to low level training programmes matching the current needs of the business sector and this is not the holistic educational experience which is to be provided. Businesses want to shrug off their responsibilities to train new workers for their immediate needs by expecting educational institutions to carry out training through the proposed extended compulsory school age.
The Chamber would best see how some businesses are encouraging young students from discontinuing their studies after few years of post-secondary education by luring students through initially attractive salaries with students ending up without certification. The MUT would have expected the Chamber to address the shortcomings of its business members rather than shifting the same towards the educational system which is beyond their competence.