A few years back, I had noted in these columns that the compulsory Maltese language university entry requirement was discriminating against Maltese students because foreign ones did not have to undertake such a hurdle.
I had also wondered why no one from the local legal profession had taken up this glaring affront to our own students.
It is therefore most heartening to note a younger generation university lecturer like Mark Anthony Falzon (The Sunday Times of Malta, September 13), making the same point.
But I will go a step further.
Who exactly is this discrimination against Maltese students actually serving?
Is it Maltese language examiners and private tutors?
Like many other Maltese, I am fluent in both spoken Maltese and English but I prefer to read and write in English.
Not only is teaching conducted in English in most Maltese institutions, as we are rapidly becoming multicultural (whether most of us like it or not) but, believe it or not, Maltese doctors take a medical history from a Maltese patient in Maltese but the hospital notes and medical reports are all in English.
Furthermore, I now note that a significant proportion of hospital staff members are non-Maltese speakers.
We now await some learned opinion why the Maltese language university entry examination is still discriminating against Maltese citizens, most of whom would have no special interest in knowing what the latest Maltese spelling actually is.
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