Update: Over 56,000 students head back for first day of school

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Over 56,000 students head back for first day of school on MondayUpdate with Ministry clarification below – This Monday sees the start of a new school year, with over 56,000 pupils heading back after the long summer holidays to Government, Independent and Church schools across Gozo and Malta.

There will be 9,382 attending kindergarten, while in primary schools there will be 26,173 and 20,802 in middle and secondary schools.

The Education Ministry said that 5,085 teachers, 3,173 learning support assistants (LSAs), and 692 kindergarten assistants, will be back on Monday too. This the Ministry said, is an increase of 600 teachers and 200 LSAs, for the new school year.

4,432 fourth year students will benefit from the one tablet per child programme for 2017-2018 school year, with three new apps included on the tablets. The Ministry said that during the summer 511 teachers and LSAs were trained for the programme.

Plans are also to be announced in the future for a new primary school in Victoria, Gozo, the Education Ministry said, which will also include new facilities.

Clarification from the Education Ministry

In a statement this morning, the Ministry said that this new school year will see an increase of 155 new teachers, 162 teachers who have renewed their role on a definite contract and 47 teachers engaged on an indefinite contracts (having previously held a definite one).

The Ministry added that there are also about 600 teachers that are in post-secondary institutions and other entities including small voluntary bodies.

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