Published on September 15th, 2012 | by Editor0
KSU: Amendments in Education Act ‘healthy and much-needed’
During a KPS/KE seminar today, KSU noted with satisfaction the changes implemented into the new Education Act, which came into force a month ago. In their statement, the student council praised the series of recommendations passed on to Parliament during the debates on the Education Act Reform this year, which were surely instrumental in bringing about the aforementioned amendments.
Of particular note were the improvements in the field of student representation, namely the increase in student representatives in important university bodies. KSU expressed the hope that ‘the role of such student representatives will continue to be an essential feature in the system of checks and balances at the University of Malta, retaining their role as the diplomatic bridge between students and administration.’
Indeed, the said additions include an increase of one student representative on Council, raising the number of representatives to three. The Senate too shall be composed of an additional student representative, hence rounding up to five representatives. Faculty Boards shall also incorporate an additional representative. In all cases, the inclusion of at least one post-graduate student is mandatory.
Once again, KSU held that ‘through the positive changes listed above, student representation has become more comprehensive, encompassing more of the current student population.’ The council vowed to keep contributing towards amending such Educational Act Reforms, which also include improvements in the spheres of quality assurance; accreditation regulations and non-formal and informal learning. This, KSU claimed, was in their bid to ‘maximising the students’ voice as the direct stakeholders in Higher Education and fulﬁlling its aim of being the sole representative of all students at the University of Malta.’