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Malta/ 8.3 Arts and cultural education  

8.3.5 Basic out-of-school arts and cultural education

A survey among 188 schools and tutors teaching performing arts indicated that 9 135 students received a form of instruction during the academic year 2012-2013.

Survey results indicated that 150 respondents (schools and private tutors) offered tuition to 50 students or less, while the remaining 38 had the possibility of accommodating more than 50 pupils. Some institutions were specialised in one discipline, while others offered a more holistic approach through a combination of the three main forms of performing arts: drama, dance and music. The majority of musical institutions were relatively small, with 116 units (out of 120) enrolling not more than 50 students during the academic year 2012-2013. On the other hand, dance and drama schools had a more even distribution.

A total of 9 135 students were enrolled, with dancers covering 50.1%, followed by 25.2 and 24.7% in music and drama respectively. In addition, 6 956 were female students, accounting for 76.1% of the total. The overall majority of students were under 17 years of age. Although performing art classes are generally considered as an extra-curricular activity, 5 415 students sat examinations. Full-time employees accounted for 17.4% of the total, compared to 63.9% for part-time employment.  In addition, voluntary workers stood at 18.7%.

Chapter published: 12-08-2015

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