Amidst the confusion created in other media outlets and on social network platforms this morning, Insite approached senate representative John Gabarretta to clear the air about the Senate’s decision and the reasons behind it.
Changes in the law requirements came under scrutiny earlier this summer with the Legal Studies issue. Legal studies has now been completely removed as a subject by MATSEC. Gabarretta stated that a process will be undertaken to explore the possibility of also making it an A level in the future, but there is nothing concrete as yet.
The original changes saw Maltese and English A levels with a grade of C or better become the new requirements together with a C or better in French or Italian intermediate, and an E or better in the Group 2 and Group 3 intermediate subjects. These changes have been in the pipeline for over a year.
The issue which was faced and addressed by the senate in last week’s meeting was primarily that some sixth forms did not offer the third language option, and that many law hopefuls who were still in secondary school had not chosen Italian or French as an O level. Therefore the Italian or French intermediate requirement has been changed to any subject from groups 1 to 4.
More details to follow.