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Primary Education


5.Primary Education

Last update: 30 January 2024

Table 1 maps Malta’s primary education onto ISCED Levels. It also outlines the way that the articles in this chapter are being organised.

Table 1: Malta’s primary education onto the ISCED Levels
Primary years
Compulsory Education (general) (see sections 5.1-5.3) Year 1  Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6

Primary schools



Schools at primary level must ensure teaching as set in the National Curriculum Framework (2012) as established in the Education Act, Cap. 605.

57.4% students in the primary cycle attend state schools.  Non-state schools that follow the NCF include Church schools and Independent schools, which provide an education to 28.7% and 13.9% of Maltese students in the primary cycle respectively. It is common practice for schools in the non-state sector to provide education for both the primary and secondary cycles, with students moving on from one cycle to the next in the same institution.