Whilst noting with satisfaction the recently published figures in the ‘Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe: Funding and the Social Dimension’ which show a 50% increase in Maltese university students in the past decade, and whilst reiterating its commitment to the positive increase in the number of University Students; KSU feels that there is more than meets the eye in B.Ed issue and thus, such an issue should also be tackled by the Education Directorate by dealing with the root of the problem, rather than by just solving the problems in the short term. Adding the number of placements especially in Church and Private schools, will be a successful solution in the short term, but at the end of the day, the solution lies in providing alternative courses and study programmes which are aimed at creating skilled graduates for the niche industries of tomorrow.
KSU also notes that the problem is further worsened by the fact that the already diminished teaching opportunities and jobs available to B.Ed. students are being taken up by students from other courses, thus limiting further their chances for these teaching posts.
KSU is concerned with the lack of planning by the Education Directorate which concluded the quantification of teaching placements in September, when such a quantification could have easily been concluded before, avoiding the unfair situation which has arisen. However, KSU holds that the problem does not lie solely within the Faculty of Education, as similar problems will surely arise in the near future, unless the University of Malta diversifies its course programmes to accommodate the growing student body, and the dynamic economic needs of our country.
KSU encourages prospective B Ed. students who have not yet received their confirmation letter to communicate with KSU’s Education Office on firstname.lastname@example.org . KSU will be liaising with the Student Representatives of the Faculty of Education and the administrative and academic staff of the Faculty of Education.