Launch of the National Curriculum Framework Review Council to Strengthen the Education System – Ministry

The Ministry of Education has launched the National Curriculum Framework Review Council, with the aim of strengthening the education system based on students’ skills.

“A good comprehensive education system, which looks at the individual, must ensure that it does not produce workers, but produces better people, people who have different skills, who all have potential,” said the Minister of Clifton Grima Education.

The system has started to change from a content-based system to an outcome-based system, known as learning outcomes, the government said.

The introduction of this system is the result of years of engagement and discussions with all three sectors: state, church and independent schools, as well as the Malta Teachers’ Union, who have all agreed on the process of continuing the Learning Outcomes System, the government said.

The National Curriculum Framework (NCF) is the backbone of the national curriculum, with assessment serving as a measure of national indicators of where students are in terms of knowledge, skills and competences throughout their educational journey. compulsory learning, the government added.

The learning outcomes system means that learning is no longer curriculum driven but based on all the skills a student can acquire.

Pedagogy and assessment will be designed on a lifelong learning experience that is progressive for the student, rather than hastily trying to absorb program content.

The student will no longer be asked to memorize and write for an exam, but will be assessed on the continuous assessment of projects, practicals, orals and scientific experiments.

So far, the learning outcomes system has been introduced in the early grades of Kinder I and Kinder II, grades 3 and 4, and will now be continued in grades 5 and grades 7 and 8. from high school. this school year.

It is expected to be introduced in the ninth, tenth and eleventh year of secondary school in the next school years, in school years 2023/24, 2024/25 and 2025/26 respectively.

Students who are in the ninth year of secondary school this school year will experience the learning outcomes system through a 30% “school-based assessment” spread over the tenth and eleventh years at 15% each year.

Academic assessment and an exam worth 70% will be reviewed by MATSEC in April of the last year of compulsory school in grade 11.

The group of students who in the 2023/24 school year will be in the ninth grade will know the learning outcomes through school-based assessment over three years, or 10% each year until the 11th learning year.

In the case of the establishment of school-based assessment in the secondary years, which includes the type, when it will be done and what learning outcomes, will be determined by the teachers according to the respective subjects. With regard to the configuration of i-school based assessment in the secondary years (in terms of type, when it will take place and the learning outcomes), it will be determined by teachers according to their respective subjects.

The role of the FNC Review Committee is to provide strategic direction, create strategic priorities for the implementation of the FNC, propose solutions to issues that arise during implementation, and ensure effective communication. with all interested parties.