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Girls From State & Church Schools Outperform Boys In SEC Exams

Girls From State & Church Schools Outperform Boys In SEC Exams
Jul 3 2024 Share

In a recent statistic  submitted by Matsec, it shows that women sitting for their SEC  exams are more likely to obtain a better mark compared to men. This is particularly evident within students who attend state and church schools, where according to these results girls have done better by a substantial amount in most subjects. This difference is less evident among students that attend independent schools.

Boys in public schools perform poorer than girls and have the lowest passing rates across the four core subjects of Maltese, English, Maths and Physics.

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The main difference is most evident in the Maltese exam. Just 46% of boys from the same school sector pass this exam, compared to 61% of girls in public schools. In Maths, English, and Physics, state school girls perform better than men.

In contrast, boys from private schools outperformed girls in all three subjects- Mathematics, physics, and English language proficiency. They also received the highest probability of receiving honours in Mathematics and English. But the females attending church schools had the highest chance of receiving a top mark in Physics.

It’s important to note that Maltese students are performing much better in English than in Maltese. Just  46% of males in state schools passed the Maltese proficiency exam, compared to 66% who passed the English exam. Furthermore. a very small percentage of pupils across all cohorts were able to get a perfect score in Maltese. This varies between 1.2% for boys attending private schools and 6.3% for girls attending religious schools.

The Matsec report also shows  that, compared to men, who were more likely to select Paper 2B, where students could only hope for a passing score, females were generally more inclined to choose the more challenging Paper 2A , which qualifies students for higher marks.

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Pastizzi + Ice Cream?! The Little Dessert Van With New Combo

Pastizzi + Ice Cream?! The Little Dessert Van With New Combo
Jul 3 2024 Share

Taking to social media, The Little Dessert Van continued to try out bizarre – but apparently surprisingly delicious – combos.

 

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Stopping at Jeff’s Pastizzeria, the van owner asked for a cheese pastizzi before proceeding to mixing it up with some ice cream.

The worker at the shop decided to try out the combo herself and reviewed it as ‘amazing’.

Would you try this out?

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Greece 1st EU Country To Introduce 6 Day Working Week

Greece 1st EU Country To Introduce 6 Day Working Week
Jul 3 2024 Share

In an effort to boost productivity, Greece has introduced a 48-hour working week, allowing employees to work a sixth day.

This move, starting Monday, is contrary to global trends towards shorter working weeks and has been criticised by unions as “barbaric.”

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis argues the measure is necessary due to a shrinking population and a shortage of skilled workers. The new policy applies to private businesses providing 24/7 services, offering employees the option to work an additional two hours daily or an extra eight-hour shift with a 40% wage increase.

Critics claim the reform undermines the five-day workweek, giving employers too much control and diminishing worker protections.

They argue that better productivity is achieved through improved working conditions and shorter hours, not longer ones. The reform has sparked protests, with opponents accusing the government of prioritising profits over workers’ rights.

Greece’s labor landscape has already been strained by austerity measures, leading to weaker unions and lower wages, despite Greeks working the longest hours in Europe.

The legislation also encourages pensioners to work, which some argue is unfair to unemployed young Greeks. Overall, the measure has faced significant backlash for its perceived unfairness and potential negative impact on work-life balance.

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140 Persons In Malta’s Detention Centres, Minister Reveals

140 Persons In Malta's Detention Centres, Minister Reveals
Jul 3 2024 Share

According to new data presented in parliament on Tuesday, 140 individuals are currently being held in detention centres in Malta.

This information was provided by Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri in response to a parliamentary question from Nationalist MP Darren Carabott, who requested details about the detainees, including their nationalities and the specific centres where they are held.

The data reveals that the largest group of detainees consists of Bangladeshi nationals, with 61 individuals currently in detention. This is followed by 23 Pakistani nationals and 10 Ghanaians. Additionally, the detention centres in Malta house individuals from Gambia, Syria, Somalia, and Nigeria.

Minister Camilleri noted that the data is accurate as of July 2, 2024. However, no further details were provided regarding the age, gender, or duration of detention for these individuals.

He mentioned that the detainees are housed in three separate areas, tailored to their needs and in accordance with relevant legislation.

“A substantial number of these individuals were apprehended for being in the country irregularly, and the authorities are making the necessary preparations for their return in the coming days,” Camilleri stated.

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