All educational institutions will remain closed until the end of June. This was announced on Saturday morning, by Education Minister Owen Bonnici during a press conference, as a measure to avoid the spread of COVID-19
Earlier this month the government had announced that schools were to remain closed until the 17th of April 2020 and this has now been extended.
The press conference was also being addressed by Francis Fabri, the Permanent Secretary within the Minister for Education and employment.
Minister Owen Bonnici announced the following measures;
- Schools and all educational institutions to remain closed till end of June
- Primary level; Year 4 promoted to Year 5 and Year 5 to Year 6; The Year 6 benchmark will not be carried out – students will be assessed on their performance until the schools were closed.
- Secondary level; Form 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be promoted to the next level
- O’ Levels – This year’s session is cancelled. The O’ Levels will be based on a predictive assessment based on the mock exams. The MATSEC board will assess. Students will be graded level 2 or 3 according to their performance in the mock examinations
- Students who were to sit for their O’ levels will have the option to sit for the September session
- A’ Levels – postponed to September 2020. Some of the exams will start in August 2020. All students will receive the timetables. The resit session will be held in December. All the students who need to sit for a resit will be allowed to begin the next academic year -pending resit exams result
Minister Owen Bonnici appealed to all students and parents to continue their studies even though they are not physically attending schools. He also said that such measures will also help alleviate some of the pressure experienced by students during the exam period.
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