If, like me, you are perplexed about “reception classes” – that funky term thrown into an electoral manifesto by MLP gurus who seem to be unable to explain what it is about – scoot over to http://www.surestart.gov.mt . I wonder if our Education Department has a site like this. In any case, you will find more about “reception classes” in the document called “Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage“. Apparently the reception class is part of a three year nursery cycle in the UK system between the age of 3 and 5. Apparently a lot of thinking went into developing this system into the UK and the loss or gain of one year of education was not exactly the main criterion for accepting or ditching the proposal.
Which is not to say that the UK system is perfect. It’s just that “reception class” does not seem to be something that can be thrown around the electoral arena like the margins of an income tax bracket. When you discuss income tax brackets everybody knows what they are and everybody understands how they work. When you mention adjusting an income tax bracket then everybody can immediately understand what you want to do and to a certain extent (barring mathematical limitations inherited from the lack of proper educational foundations – there you go Miss Muffin) can work out the implications.
MLP need to be more clear on what they mean by reception class. It is not what it is not that interests us, but what it is. PN should be careful not to denigrate the idea but the way it is presented – just in case it turns out that if explained and examined it turns out to be a good idea after all.
Issa anki biex issir receptionist trid tmur l-iskola?