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April 1, 2016
Education in Malta: the Maltese education system
Education is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports. Education is compulsory from 5 to 16 years. Classes are given in Maltese and English, and English is taught as a second official language at the beginning of primary school.
The education system comprises:
• Pre-school education is for children 2 years 9 months to 5 years, its attendance is optional
• Compulsory education is divided into two stages: primary education (from 5 to 11 years) and secondary education (11 to 16)
• Upper secondary education, also known as the "Sixth Form" is for students who want to continue their studies at university
• University education
Continuing professional development
The "adult education and evening classes" of the Ministry of Education teaching offer various training opportunities for adults. The Department of Further Studies and Adult Training is in charge of adult education. Training topics are varied during trades or crafts, courses on school subjects, on leisure activities, as well as drama classes.
Other public or private entities also offer training. The unions, consular and professional organizations and municipalitie