Youth: should education be obligatory till the age of 18?
In Malta, education is compulsory from the age of 5 to 16. However, there is an ongoing debate about whether education should be obligatory until the age of 18. Supporters of compulsory education until 18 argue that it would ensure that all students have a basic education and the necessary skills for employment or further education. They also argue that education is a fundamental right, and students should not be allowed to drop out before they have achieved a certain level of education. Opponents of compulsory education until 18 argue that it could lead to students feeling disengaged and unmotivated, which could have a negative impact on their academic performance. They also argue that students who are not academically inclined may benefit more from vocational training or other forms of education, rather than being forced to stay in school until they are 18. Overall, the debate about compulsory education until 18 is complex and requires a nuanced approach. It is important to consider the individual needs and abilities of each student, as well as the long-term benefits of education for both individuals and society as a whole.
- Michael Gatt - Għaqda Studenti tal-Liġi
- Hayden Pesci - Kunsill Studenti Mcast (KSM)
- Mirea Schembri - Kunsill Studenti Mcast (KSM)
- Zoë Cauchi - MaltMun
- Nathan Portelli - JEF Malta
- Chantelle Busuttil Stevens - Junior Chamber Advocats (JCA)