After studying the government’s position and its ambitions in various sectors, the Economic Affairs Review Board set up by the student organisation Pulse, presented a document intended to constructively criticise government initiatives.
Presented to the Hon. Edward Scicluna, Minister for Finance , the document entitled “Pre-Budget Document: the student’s reaction” focuses on several issues, giving special attention to the “EU Commission Council Recommendation” and the “Assessment of the 2013 National Reform and Stability for Malta”. The Review Board, consisting of Glenn Micallef, J.J. Agius, Anthony Cordina, Glen Mifsud, Ryan C. Pace and chaired by JeanCarl Grech, proposed various ideas.
The following are the main proposals in the education section:
- A higher stipend for those students whose prospective career industry is currently highly demanded or has a shortage of human resources
- An increased importance given to the government’s electoral promise of giving stipends to students who wish to repeat a scholastic year hoping to make it to University
- More information and predominance given to the Government’s proposal that pupils are to be given a tablet in their fourth year of Primary Education .
The Review Board also proposed an additional €50 to be given to Gozitan students who reside in Malta and study at University, so as to help cover their rent and bills. According to the Review Board the Government should seek to increase the rebate given to those that invest in renewable energy sources as well as the introduction of incentives aimed at insulation and double glazing.