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Failing Rates In O’Level Core Subjects High, Academics Up In Arms


Core

1 in 5 students failed their MATSEC maths and Maltese o’level. Both these subjects are part of the 3 “core” subjects, the third being English, and are crucial for further education. This was revealed following the publication of results last Friday. There has been a slight increase in dismal marks since 2021.


Failing Grades

The 3 core, meaning compulsory, subjects are maths, English and Maltese. This year, students were found to have performed worst in Maths with over 20% receiving a ‘U’ grade i.e a fail. Apart from the ‘failing grades’ of the 4,336 students sitting for the exam, 417 were marked absent.


Only a pass in 1 core is required for entry into Junior College much to the ire of lecturers. Academic debate has been raised even at the university level regarding the matter.



Essential

Only a pass in 1 is required for entry into Junior College much to the ire of lecturers. Academic debate has been raised even at the university level regarding the matter. Despite their acceptance into Junior College, students will be required to pass their failed core subjects in order to enter University.


Academics working first-hand with post-secondary students disagree with this policy and call for the lowering of minimum requirements of entry into uni. This lobby includes pro-rector Carmen Sammut who said it will enable students to further their education to the tertiary level.


Having said that, a few hours before the results were published, a group of lecturers rebuked these proposals, stating, “two official languages and mathematics is essential”.


What do you think about your results?

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