A relatively large segment of our student population remains trapped in lower echelons of society and this contradicts the dominant political rhetoric according to which Malta is heading towards a middle-class society.
Presently, Muslims in our schools can be compared to students who require a wheelchair but no ramps and easy access doors are built for them. Schools are not free of prejudice and do not make the necessary arrangements to provide these pupils favourable conditions for learning.
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Ignorance is a very important educational starting point. By recognizing our lack of knowledge, we open up to a discovery of the world through curiosity, learning from mistakes, dialogue with other standpoints which is very similar to self-driven child play.
Here, for the record, I will spell out what nobody in this country seems even remotely willing to mention: how we have slipped into the uncomfortable situation of segregating children according to the thickness of their parents’ wallets.
Overall, Malta occupies a joint 15th place on the EU Social Justice Index. However, when it comes to equitable education, Malta features in the last place (28th) of the same Index in granting equal access to education. There is no social justice without equity in education.
The neoliberal ideology has not only ensured that educational practices are being modelled on practices from business world, it has become the dominant philosophy of most educational institutions.