Annual Examinations Timetable for Middle and Secondary Schools

The annual examinations for both Middle and Secondary Schools will be held from the 8th of June till the 24th of June 2021 (both days inclusive). Click on the following links to access the full timetable for Middle (Years 7-8) and Secondary School Students (Year 9 – Year 11):

Middle School Timetable

Secondary School Timetable

Secondary School Certificate and Profile: Information for Schools and Parents/Guardians

Due to the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the operation of schools and other providers of educational activities, the entries in the Secondary School Certificate and Profile (SSC&P) to be awarded to current Year 11 students are to be completed by following the directions given here:

For scholastic year 2019/20 (when current Year 11 students were in Year 10:


a. Formal education:
i. Teacher assessment marks based on marks entered up till March 2020;
ii. Exam marks based on marks obtained in the half-yearly exams held in February/March 2020.
iii. With regard to State schools, if any 2019/20 assessment and/or exam marks are still not inputted, the Year 10 teachers are asked to forward these marks to the school’s clerical staff for inputting in the SSC&P Excel sheet provided by SIS for checking purposes in late May.
b. Non-formal and Informal education entries based on participation in school activities and out-of-school educational activities up till March 2020.
c. Personal qualities, Attendance and Behaviour entries based on reported personal qualities, attendance and behaviour up till March 2020.

For scholastic year 2020/21:


a. Formal education (in-person school attendance and participation in online lessons):
i. Teacher assessment marks entered as per usual practice;
ii. Exam marks based on annual/mock exams held in March/April/May 2021.
b. Formal education (vulnerable students with a medical certificate):
i. Teacher assessment marks entered as per usual practice;
ii. Exam marks for students who were not able to sit for the Year 11 annual exams will be based on an elaboration of results obtained in the Year 9 Annual exams and the Year 10 Half-yearly exams. This exercise will be carried out by EAU with the resultant marks being sent to school for inputting in MySchool.
c. Non-formal and Informal education, where held and whether in person or online, are to be inputted as per usual practice. These entries will be inputted for information purposes only as no marks will be allocated or deducted for non-formal/informal education activities held during the Covid-19 pandemic.
d. Personal qualities, Attendance and Behaviour entries to be based on in-person school attendance and/or virtual school attendance.

Students not deemed as ‘vulnerable’ and who did not sit for the Year 11 annual exams in 2021 will be marked as ‘Absent’ in the SSC&P.

National Innovation Challenge for Students aged 12-16 Years

The Young Enterprise Malta Foundation (JAYE), in collaboration with the HSBC Foundation, are organising the National Innovation Challenge: Building a Financially Capable Generation. The purpose of this event is to create an innovative environment, as the students will be faced with a financial challenge, to which they have to come up with a solution. They will then present their ideas through a presentation and video to a judging panel.

The event will be held on the 24th of April, from 9:00 – 15:00 on ZOOM online platform, and is open to students aged 12-16 Years. Students are encouraged to form groups of 5-10 members, and can register either individually or as a whole team:

Registration form per student by 21st April 2021: https://jayemalta.org/r/NICsignup
One registration form per team by 22nd April 2021: https://jayemalta.org/r/NICTeamSignUp

More information about the National Innovation Challenge, including a list of FAQ’s, can be found here:

Information about the National Innovation Challenge

ĠEMMA FTIT – Financial Literacy Online Interactive Play and Webinar

The Department of Accounting, Business Studies and Retail within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes in collaboration with ĠEMMA is inviting students in Years 9, 10 and 11 to take part in the online Interactive Play called ĠEMMA FTIT. The objective of the play is that of educating teens on the importance of money management – why one should budget, managing spending, the importance of differentiating between needs and wants, earning income and using it wisely, setting financial goals and saving for them amongst others. Furthermore, the play highlights the importance of decision making which often impact our future both regarding the financial aspect as well as career progression. Every decision taken carries a situation which poses some questions to viewers thus there is an interaction between the play and viewers.

Teachers are being encouraged to make students aware of this play and carry out a lesson about the importance of money management following the delivery of the online play in class. Link for the GEMMA FTIT play:


Interested students are then invited to participate in a webinar with a representative from ĠEMMA and the Department of Accounting, Business Studies and Retail to discuss and share ideas on what they learnt from the play. Students’ parents/guardians are encouraged to join in the webinar and participate in the discussion. The webinar will be scheduled on Friday 23rd April 2021 at 16:00. A link for the webinar will be sent to individuals who register through the link
https://forms.office.com/r/XsPRn2gngk by Friday 9th April 2021.

Should you have any queries, please contact Ms Joanne Zammit on joanne.zammit.3@ilearn.edu.mt.

Code.SprintMT Challenge for Secondary School Students

Code.sprintMT is a competition about problem solving and programming for Computing students from the secondary, post-secondary and undergraduate schools/institutions. Students are given a series of tasks to solve within a time frame using the programming language stipulated by the syllabus. A judging panel will assess the participants’ solutions and a winner and two runners up, are announced. Also, students within the secondary category can achieve an MQF 3 certification. This year, it will be held between the 10th and 24th July 2021. In this 4th edition of code.sprintMT, all certificates issued to participants, finalists and top three will be issued in digital form via blockchain technology.

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Reviżjoni tas-Sillabi tas-SEC – Revision of SEC Syllabi

Il-Bord tal-MATSEC ħareġ lista ta’ tibdiliet fis-sillabi tas-SEC 2022 u SEC 2023 li jirriflettu proċeduri tal-operat tal-iskejjel differenti minħabba l-pandemija. Il-lista bil-bidliet tista’ tiġi aċċessata permezz tal-holqa https://www.um.edu.mt/matsec/officialcommunication. Aktar dettalji jistgħu jinstabu fis-sillabi tas-suġġett rispettiv.

The MATSEC Examinations Board has issued a list with changes in the SEC 2022 and SEC 2023 syllabi to reflect  the different operating procedures in schools because of the pandemic. The list with changes can be accessed through https://www.um.edu.mt/matsec/officialcommunication. More details can be found in the respective subject syllabi.

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World Science Week 2021: Celebrating Women in Space

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The United Nations General Assembly declared that WSW will be held each year from October 4th -10th. These dates commemorate two important milestones in space exploration namely:

  • 4th October 1957: Launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space exploration.
  • 10th October 1967: The signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.

The selected theme for 2021 is Women in Space aiming to inspire young females around the world to pursue STEM studies and future careers in the space industry. The theme also celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of women to science and the space sector. All Primary, Middle and Secondary Schools are encouraged to participate in World Space Week Malta Event (WSWME) by working on any project work that can be conducted both physically and or in digital format preferably relating to the theme above. Teachers can review the suggested list of films below (some of which relate to this year’s theme among many others) that can guide students in their project work/research. The IMDb rating and main elements outlined in each film are also provided: Continue reading

World Book Day 2021

The National Literacy Agency, through its Literacy and Information Support Unit, will be celebrating World Book Day during the week starting from Monday 19th to Friday 23rd April 2021. To celebrate this annual event, the Literacy and Information Support Unit is organising the following competitions for Middle and Secondary school students:

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Activity for Students in Collaboration with German Embassy – Es war einmal … / Once upon a time …

The Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes in collaboration with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, is organising an online German activity – Es war einmal … / Once upon a time …Students in Year 5 and Year 6 as well as students learning German in Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 are invited to participate in this online activity. This is a great opportunity for our students to enter the world of Fairy Tales and Legends in German Speaking Countries and find creative ways to describe them.

All participants will get a certificate of participation and a pack of resources will be given to all schools. The two schools (Primary and Secondary) with most entries will get an extra pack of resources. Interested teachers are kindly requested to send the students’ videos, photos or presentations by Friday 2nd April 2021 to Ms Erica Kawka Armeni on erica.kawka.armeni@ilearn.edu.mt. Collaborative work is also encouraged.

For further information please either access the following link: https://education.gov.mt/en/foreignlanguages/german/Documents/German%20Event%202021/Guidelines.pdf., or contact Ms. Erica Kawka Armeni on erica.kawka.armeni@ilearn.edu.mt.

Resources by the National School Support Services – Choice of Career

The National School Support Services (NSSS), within the Directorate for Educational Services, aims to ensure the effective and efficient operation and delivery of services to the Colleges State schools within an established framework of decentralisation and autonomy. The Career Guidance Services at NSSS are developing career related resources which can be helpful to students who are in the Upper Forms. Click on the links below to access the materials provided, including this informative video:

The Next Step After Secondary School

Tips for Online Interviews

Help! I Will Soon Finish Secondary School !