Less than half (44.6%) of all students who sat for their O-level exams for the first time this year have gained the necessary marks to enter Sixth Form, MATSEC have revealed after sending out the results via text message this morning.
While the number may seem low, it is actually an increase over previous years. However, this may be down to the fact that 2019 saw the highest percentage of 16-year-olds (94.1%) sit for their SEC examinations.
A growing gender disparity is also starting to appear in the country’s educational system, with females much more likely to register (98.6% to 89.7%) and obtain the entry requirements for sixth form (47.9% to 41.4%).
Females are also more likely to take the three science subjects and sit for multiple foreign language examinations, while males typically opt for vocational subjects.
Worryingly, the percentage of absent students “has increased in virtually all subjects at SEC level” with the number of people failing to turn up to their English, Maltese, and Physics exams almost doubling from 2018 to 2019.
This, MATSEC believes, may be due to the larger number of people taking Paper IIB-level examinations.
With regard to A-levels, less statistics are currently available when compared to O-levels. However, preliminary figures show that registrations and the number of people being awarded their certificate grew, but this was mostly down to the number of 19-year-olds sitting for the exams in 2019.