May 28, 2018 at 4:37 pm
The Malta Union of Teachers refers to comments made in court earlier today in which an accused was described as the product of Malta’s educational system by his defence counsel. The MUT has been adamant for many years that the education system alone is not enough to educate children and that it is not equipped to deal with situations in which other social forces, such as the family, the mass media and society at large, do not pull the same end of the rope. In this sense, more investment and strategies need to be placed and designed for these different roles in educating children. Central to this is the need to uphold the fundamental values of respect for authority and responsibility for actions which are clearly values not shared by all. The MUT has quoted many times in the past various research studies that up to 70% of child formation comes from informal and non formal learning that children are exposed to at homes and within their communities. If this 70% is not being addressed properly, the education system will never be able to address a variety of issues, including early school leaving, bullying and other eventual criminal activities being experienced one too many.