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State education

State Education


  • By law compulsory schooling in Malta is from 5 to 16 years of age.
  • The school year runs from September till June.
  • In state schools students are provided with textbooks, but parents pay for the school uniform, stationery items and school outings.
  • School transport is available for most State schools. Parents are requested to contact the Head of each respective school to enquire about the availability of school transport.
  • Both English and Maltese are taught and used in all schools.
  • The Catholic religion is taught in all schools, but the parents of any minor attending a state school have the right to exempt their child from religion classes.

Language induction courses

Language induction courses are provided for students who cannot communicate in Maltese and English.  The student will do a simple test upon registration and then will be admitted to an induction course which usually lasts one scholastic year. 

The induction course prepares the students to feel confident and able to communicate in both English and Maltese.  The programme for the induction course is a basic primary school curriculum, including Mathematics, Art, Crafts and of course Maltese and English.  The only difference is that all subjects are taught with the aim of learning languages.

Health and Safety Issues

Students attending State schools are regularly given medical check-ups and vaccinations.

A Healthy Eating Policy regulates food and drink which can be allowed on school premises. Certain foods and drinks, high in fat, sugar and salt content are not allowed. Parents usually prepare packed lunches for their children. 

It is advisable to inform Heads of schools of any medical issues that the child may have. Any provision and administration of medication needs to be discussed with the school administration. Schools will need authorisation from the parents if any medical treatment is to be administered.  In case of emergency, first aiders/paramedics are empowered to act in the best interest of the child.

The attendance of children at school is monitored. Children who are sick for more than 3 days are expected to present the school with a medical certificate. 

Physical punishment is not allowed under any circumstances in schools.  An anti-bullying policy is strictly enforced to protect everyone’s rights.

Inclusive Education 

Inclusive Education is one of the main targets of Malta’s educational system. The aim is to create environments responsive to differing developmental capacities, needs, and the potential of all students from kindergarten (including child care centres and private kindergartens) to tertiary and adult education. More information can be found here

Resource Centres 

The State provides resource centres which cater for children with special educational needs.  More information can be found here

Psychosocial Services

A number of support services are available to Colleges and Schools within the State system. These services are intended to assist students in their holistic development as individuals and help them become active and responsible members of society.  More information can be found here.

Early Education

​Kindergarten and Years 1 & 2 (Ages 3 - 7)

Although kindergarten education (ages 3-5) is not compulsory, children pick up basic literary and social skills in a fun way through play with their classmates and by following activities led by their teacher. Kindergarten also helps ease children into the school system.

Primary years 3 to 6 (Ages 7 - 11)  

Main subjects include English, Mathematics and Maltese. Other subjects may include Religion, Social studies, Art, ICT, Drama, Music, Physical Education, Science, PSD, Technology in Education. From Year 4 onwards, pupils sit for half yearly (February) and annual exams (June). In Year 6, pupils sit for a benchmarking in English, Maltese and Mathematics prior to placement in Secondary School classes.

Middle and secondary school - Form 1 to 5 (Ages 11 - 16)

In middle and secondary schools students start following a regular weekly timetable. Middle schools cater for the first two years of secondary education (Form 1 and Form 2) and secondary schools offer Forms 3 to 5. 

In middle and secondary schools, students sit for a half yearly and annual exam each year so that they can be strategically placed within classes that cater for their level of development and needs. Students are invited to choose subjects they will specialise in as from the beginning of Form 3.

From Form 3 onwards, students follow a curriculum which will prepare them for the secondary school certification (SEC).    A co-ed system is gradually being implemented in the Maltese Secondary schooling. 


State School Colleges 
St. Nicholas’ College for families from Attard, Bahrija, Dingli, Mgarr, Mtarfa, Rabat, Mdina
St. Benedict College for families from Birzebbuga, Ghaxaq, Gudja, Kirkop, Mqabba, Qrendi, Safi, Zurrieq
​St. Theresa College ​for families from Birkirkara, Balzan, Iklin, Lija, Msida, Santa Venera
​St. Margaret College ​for families from Birgu, Bormla, Kalkara, Senglea, Xghajra, Zabbar
​St. Thomas Moore College ​for families from Fgura, Marsaskala, Marsaxlokk, Tarxien, Zejtun
​St. George Preca College ​for families from Floriana, Hamrun, Marsa, Paola, Pieta’, Valletta
​Marina Regina College ​for families from Gharghur, Mellieha, Mosta, Maxxar, San Pawl il-Bahar
​St. Clare College ​for families from Gzira, Pembroke, Swieqi, San Giljan, San Gwann, Sliema
​St. Ignatius College ​for families from Luqa, Qormi, Siggiewi, Haz-Zebbug
​Gozo College ​for families from Gozo




In the course of secondary education, career advisors assist students in understanding what options are available for their future.  The following are the five major state post-secondary institutions.

There are a number of non-state institutions which offer post-secondary education. Information about these institutions can be accessed from their respective websites.

Registering a child in a state School in Malta

  • The case of Primary schooling, registration for EU citizens is done directly at the Primary School of the town of residence
  • In the case of Secondary Schooling for EU citizens it may be advisable to go to the Office of the College Principal who will direct you to the Middle School or the Senior School of the College.  Click here to see the List of College Principals.
  • Non-EU citizens carry out registration for all levels of schooling at the Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE), Floriana. 
      You will need to arrange an appointment by phoning:
(+356) 2598 000
(+356) 2598 2463
 Freephone 1571

or go personally to the MEDE to ask for an appointment with the personnel responsible for registration.


Documents required when registering a child at the MEDE at Floriana or at the local school:

  • You will need to present:
  •  An original copy of your child’s birth certificate,
  • An original translation of the birth certificate if the original copy is not in English,
  •  The passport/s / ID Card/s of parent/s of the child as attested by the birth certificate,
  •  An original copy of the legal document indicating guardianship /custody of the child if the child is not accompanied by both parents,
  •  A document showing proof of residence in Malta.  This may be, for example, a receipt of payment of rent, a telephone bill in your name, etc. 

The sc
hool will ask if you have any records of past schooling of your child.

The school may also ask you about the medical history of your child (such as allergies, susceptibility to fits,
etc).  It is in the interests of your child to inform the school of such conditions.

Essential and/or technical documentation will need to be translated into English or Maltese with a legal verification.

Fees and Exemptions from Fees at State Educational Institutions

Information about Fees and Exemption from Fees at State Educational Institutions can be accessed here.​

Last updated in August 2016.