The Qawra Primary School is expected to be finished this year.
During the last scholastic year, 2018-2019, there were 26,468 students registered within state schools out of which 887 were absent on a regular basis and without medical or any other reasons provided to the school. This information was presented in Parliament by Education Minister Owen Bonnici in reply to a parliamentary question by PN MP Therese Comodini Cachia.
Belgian schools will partially reopen and markets, museums and zoos will also be allowed to operate again from next Monday, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes said on Wednesday, in a further easing of the country's two-month coronavirus lockdown.
The Ministry for Education and Employment is coordinating a comprehensive framework for the preparation of the eventual re-opening of educational institutions, the Ministry announced on Wednesday.
Absenteeism during the academic year 2017-2018 increased by 4.3% when compared with the previous academic year. According to data publsihed by the National Statistics Office (NSO), authorised absences increased by 4.1% and made up 61.9% of the total absences.
After closing the schools, the Government and the Ministry made the necessary arrangments so that the lunches remain delivered on a daily basis to the children that need them. Arrangements have been made to also cater for the children in need who attend Church schools.
Minister for Education and Employment Owen Bonnici gives a press conference about MATSEC exams
The Archbishop's Curia explained that the first ballots that are being postponed are the Participation Ballots for girls and boys for admission into Form 1 and the Participation Ballot for girls for admission into Year 1. These ballots were going to be held on 26 March.
Thursday last week, Prime Minister Robert Abela announced that all schools, the University of Malta, MCAST and childcare centres will shut down as from Friday 13th March till Friday 20th. This measure is being extended until further notice after the situation on coronavirus was re eveluated.
Prime Minister Robert Abela addressing a press conference at Castille.