The third language: giving students the cutting edge for tomorrow’s world
Evarist Bartolo
Our job is not to force students in studying this or that subject but to guide and educate students in the subjects that will give them a cutting edge in achieving their dreams in...
What will forcing another foreign language really achieve?
Josanne Cassar
Maltese education is not geared towards producing leaders, innovators or free thinkers. It produces followers... The labour quality is consequently extremely low. Whether this is...
A hotbed of conflicts of interest

To date, our national approach to this has always been to ignore the laws and conventions that make such situations unacceptable; in so doing, we have created...

To date, our national approach to this has always been to...

EU: Seizing our moment in the next five-year mandate
Aaron Farrugia

After 15 years of membership in the EU, Malta is no longer a new member...

After 15 years of membership in the EU, Malta is no...

Joseph Muscat: Here to stay?
Michael Falzon

A strong Muscat leading the Labour Party, with no end of his leadership years in sight, poses a robust challenge to any party in Opposition

A strong Muscat leading the Labour Party, with no end of...

You break the rules, so why shouldn't I?
Josanne Cassar

Being Mediterranean and laidback should not prevent us from embracing civic pride to show that we really love our own country as much as we claim we do

Being Mediterranean and laidback should not prevent us from...

A real drama behind a (mostly fictitious) documentary
Raphael Vassallo

Of all the inaccuracies in the first part of the BBC's docudrama about...

Of all the inaccuracies in the first part of the BBC's...

Muscat must end the uncertainty

Muscat had hinted that he believed country leaders should have a fixed term of 10 years and is arguably the first leader to have declared (not once, but...

Muscat had hinted that he believed country leaders should...

The lure of the political limelight
Josanne Cassar

There seems to be a general sense of exaggerated self-importance everywhere you look and our little island is certainly not lacking in that department

There seems to be a general sense of exaggerated...

The ‘SOK’ syndrome (and making sense of Malta’s new building rules)
Raphael Vassallo

According to urban legend, the idea for a course in Systems of Knowledge came to Education Minister Ugo Mifsud Bonnici’s head while he was stuck at an...

According to urban legend, the idea for a course in Systems...

From De Rohan to baseball, Malta and the U.S celebrate 243 years of friendship
Mark A. Schapiro

From the appointment of the first U.S. Consul to Malta in 1796, to the power of sports diplomacy today, Malta and the United States have enjoyed many common...

From the appointment of the first U.S. Consul to Malta in...

The real criminals in the Sea-Watch saga

It is, ironically, Italy’s own defiance of international law that caused the emergency in the first place. The Italian government’s attempts to...

It is, ironically, Italy’s own defiance of...

[WATCH] Saviour Balzan's video blog: An incredible request by pilots and the Daphne BBC radio drama
Saviour Balzan

Industrial action by Air Malta pilots and Daphne Caruana Galizia's docudrama on BBC4

Industrial action by Air Malta pilots and Daphne Caruana...

Rent reform, at last
Michael Falzon

The proposed law will avoid the situation where tenants are continually worried that their rent would be increased astronomically and capriciously. At the...

The proposed law will avoid the situation where...

Facebook killed the political star
Raphael Vassallo

If a Facebook post somehow chimes in with the viewer’s own private opinion or bias… it becomes an instant, incontrovertible ‘fact’

If a Facebook post somehow chimes in with the...

Tourists behaving badly are a threat to global tourism, and the industry is partly to blame
The Conversation

Freya Higgins-Desbiolles • The increasing prevalance of the badly behaved tourist, either in reality or simply as cultural meme, presents a serious...

Freya Higgins-Desbiolles • The increasing...

Are exams producing quality students?
Josanne Cassar

While I can understand that some parents are alarmed at the prospect of no more benchmarking exams at Year Six, I have never really been able to grasp the...

While I can understand that some parents are alarmed at the...

A brave but delicate proposal

The Education Ministry now wants to move away from having schools in Malta being “exam and test factories”. But its proposed alternatives have not...

The Education Ministry now wants to move away from having...

Let’s razzle dazzle them, with some PR
Josanne Cassar

Did you blink and think you missed this clamping down on construction sites? No, because it just didn’t happen

Did you blink and think you missed this clamping down on...

‘Leadership cults’ are the last thing the PN needs
Raphael Vassallo

Now is not the time for ‘glorious leaders’; now is the time for a...

Now is not the time for ‘glorious leaders’; now...