The Union of Professional Educators – Voice of the Workers has been monitoring the situation over the past days upon getting to know that the University of Malta has launched a B.A. (Hons) in Facilitating Inclusive Education. The degree is being offered in three separate modes:
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Facilitating Inclusive Education a 3-year full-time degree, Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Facilitating Inclusive Education a 3-year evening part-time (Diploma top-up programme), Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Facilitating Inclusive Education a 5-year evening part-time degree. All of the mentioned courses being offered by UOM lead to the grade of LSE 3.
During the same period of time, MCAST and two other private entities have also designed a similar course that should eventually lead its students to the grade of LSE 3. UPE is informed that course criteria are still being finalised by MEDE.
The Union is concerned about a couple of factors. The proposed courses by these private entities are covered over approximately 50 weeks thus covering a total of 120 ECTS, a stark difference from that being offered by UOM. UPE is in close contact with the department as to ensure that all courses being advertised will be aligned as to avoid confusion about whether the proposed courses are valid.
Members in possession of a Degree or Masters Degree within the field of education are also concerned that their qualifications might not be valid for the post of LSE 3. The Union hopes that various factors will be considered by MEDE when such qualifications are presented.
The specific sector Degree is narrow ended and leads to the possibility of progressing to HOD status in inclusion which is limited in numbers.
UPE will be holding discussions with the various entities offering the above-mentioned courses as to keep its members updated.