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40% of Malta’s Population With Low Education

40% of Malta's Population With Low Education
Jun 17 2024 Share

A Euronews Next survey of Eurostat data of education levels across European countries shows that 40.8% of Maltese have a low education level.

‘Educational levels are defined as low (less than high school), middle (high school), or high (university studies).’

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This makes low education pre-primary, primary and lower secondary education (ISCED levels 0–2), which Eurostat bases off the International standard classification of education (ISCED).

Turkey had the highest share of the population with low education by far, having 61.8% of people with less than upper secondary education attainment.

Malta joined countries like Portugal, Italy and Spain in having education levels below 40%.

Meanwhile, 28.1% of respondents from Malta had a high education level, with  13.8 having medium (vocational) levels of education, followed by 17.3% having medium (general) levels.

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Malta with Lowest Amount of Women Working in Science and Technology

Malta with Lowest Amount of Women Working in Science and Technology
Jun 17 2024 Share

In 2023, the EU had 78.3 million people employed in science and technology, a 2.9% increase from 2022 and a 25% rise from 2013. Women made up 52% of this workforce, a stable figure since 2021, with most women working in service activities. Malta was an exception, with only 48% of women in these roles working in services.

Regionally, Lithuania and Latvia had the highest shares of women in science and technology jobs (63%), while Malta had the lowest (45%). In terms of specific roles, scientists and engineers made up 24% of the workforce, with Germany having the largest number. Although women are the majority in science and technology, they are underrepresented as scientists and engineers, comprising only 41% of this subgroup.

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Malta’s lower percentage of women in science and technology service activities highlights a unique gender distribution in its workforce, contrasting with broader EU trends.

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Son Shaves Hair To Support Mum Through Chemotherapy

Son Shaves Hair To Support Mum Through Chemotherapy
Jun 17 2024 Share

Taking to social media, Liam Dimond decided to surprise his mum Sam by shaving his head in support as she starts a journey of chemotherapy.

‘Dear Mum Sam Dimond, I know this journey is gonna be crazier then any other year you have lived, but deep inside i know god is with you, and you will prevail as the winner of this Quest’, wrote Liam.

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‘But I’d like you to imbed these words into your everyday going trough chemo: “’I will never know how strong i am, until being strong is the only option i have”.’

‘You’ve got this, i love you millions. Now we’re both bald’.

His mum immediately jumped on him upon realising what her son was doing, kissing and hugging him before taking a turn at shaving his hair herself.

We’re not crying, you are!

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Independents Came Across As More Authentic, Says Joseph Muscat

Independents Came Across As More Authentic, Says Joseph Muscat
Jun 17 2024 Share

Former Prime Minister Joseph Muscat shared his personal analysis of the recent European and Local election results, emphasising the shifts in voter behaviour.

Muscat noted that the Nationalist Party (PN) made limited gains, maintaining a vote share just over 40%. Despite these gains, he highlighted that the PN has not significantly increased its support over the past decade and a half.

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Muscat also addressed the Labour Party’s (PL) performance, acknowledging that it lost ground, primarily due to increased abstention, spoilt ballots, and votes for independent candidates.

He described this shift as a “soft” defection, suggesting that Labour voters were sending a measured signal without fully abandoning the party. Muscat stressed that the PL needs to re-establish contact with its core and marginal voters, avoiding knee-jerk reactions and focusing on uniting for change.

Highlighting the success of independent candidates, Muscat praised Arnold Cassola and Conrad Borg Manche for their strong performances. He expressed hope that Borg Manche would return to Labour, emphasising the authenticity and connection that independents have demonstrated.

Muscat concluded that Labour must adapt to the changing needs of society and focus on direct engagement with people rather than relying on social media and pundits’ opinions.

At the Labour Party rally, Prime Minister Robert Abela called for the party to renew and reform itself, focusing on improving the quality of life and avoiding clientelism. Meanwhile, PN leader Bernard Grech celebrated the narrowing gap between the two parties, urging supporters to work towards forming the next government and criticising Abela for deflecting blame.

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