first_img <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Partit LaburistaPartit Laburista Partit Laburista leader Joseph Muscat said that nowadays it is the foreign nationals in Malta who are asking for jobs and not the Maltese, contrary to what happened historically.Referring to a song in the Maltese rock opera Ġensa, Muscat said that the lyrics in this particular song portray the Maltese as begging to be given employment and also refers to those who have emigrated to other countries looking for employment. This, Muscat said, contrasted with the current situation, as foreign workers are migrating to Malta looking for employment due to the favorable economic conditions.Muscat was speaking at a party activity held at Mtarfa Civic Centre on Sunday. Muscat also spoke of how one should be proud as a Maltese citizen of the country’s historical past which are marked on national public holidays.Speaking about the recent arrival of asylum seekers on board the merchant vessel ship El Hiblu 1, the Labour Party leader praised the work of the Armed Forces of Malta who escorted the vessel to Malta after it was allegedly hijacked. Three youth were arraigned in court on Saturday in relation to the case.Muscat said that he had received various commented positively on the way Malta had handled the case. Describing the work of the AFM, Muscat said that this incident showed that the Armed Forces where capable of “planning and responsible”.The Labour leader decried the racist comments passed by many on social media as the incident unfolds, as well as comments targeting migrants in general.‘Quota system will not affect the electoral system’Speaking about the proposed system to address the lack of women MPs in parliament, Muscat described the proposal as “simple and clear” saying that it would not affect the electoral system. He explained that the seats were shared equally and would see women’s representation in parliament increase to at least 40%.‘Muscat defends an economic model without a plan’ – Partit NazzjonalistaThe Nationalist Party replied to Muscat’s claims on the economy, saying that he continues to defend an economic model based on economic growth without an infrastructural plan and which is dependent on foreign employees. Partit Nazzjonalista said that this led to new challenges such as keeping the basic wage low. The Party reminded that the PL should listen to the observations and recommendations made by international and European institutions which have warned against the economic model adopted describing it as unsustainable in the long run and the lack of political will to fight corruption.WhatsApp SharePrintlast_img read more

first_imgThe number of students that have failed their SEC exams has increased this year. The most failed subjects were Maltese, English, English literature and Physics. The increase in the percentage of absent candidates was also mostly prominent in the same subjects with a total rate of absenteeism of 8.6%, and considerable increase from the 5.3% of the past year.5,478 candidates have registered to sit for their SEC examinations this year. 3,672 of the registered students were born in 2003 and 1,742 of them managed to gain the entry requirements to move on to the Sixth Form in the coming academic year. A higher percentage of female students managed to gain the necessary requirements to continue their formal studies at 47.9%.Furthermore, female candidates are more likely to opt for the three science subjects and to sit for one, two or three foreign language examinations. Male candidates were more likely to register for vocational subjects.WhatsApp <a href=’;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more