‘How much should we change as a society to adapt to foreigners in our country’, Nationalist Party MEP Candidate Peter Agius asked when visiting the Marsa primary school.
At the school, Agius said, and like many other schools around the island, the teaching which used to take place in Maltese now takes place in English.
‘This is because you will have three or four foreign students in class who do not have impetus from their family to learn the Maltese language’, Agius said.
The MEP candidate said that when meeting with the relevant authorities, he needs to address them in Danish or French. ‘He won’t learn Maltese for me?’
‘Do we have a sense of Maltese identity wherein we teach our children Maltese? I am not saying that parents who want to teach their kids in English shouldn’t be allowed to. They have every right.’
‘Was there a discussion with the parents? And if foreigners are coming from abroad to work, shouldn’t they make the effort to learn the Maltese language?’
What do you think? Should there be specialised schools solely in English?