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As in Malta, schooling in Gozo is compulsory from the age of 3 till the age of 16. Primary school education consists of two Kindergarten years (between 3 and 4 years of age), followed by classes for years 1 to 6 (between 5 and 10 years of age). Between the age of 11 and 16, children will then attend Secondary school.
Prior to the age of 3, the state also offers child care services to children. In Gozo, such a service is offered at 4 Footsteps Child Care Centre, which is run under the care of the Gharb Civic Centre.
The Gozo College is the only institution in Gozo offering Primary and Secondary School education to Gozitan children. Officially represented by 11 Primary schools in Ghajnsielem, Gharb, Kercem, Nadur, Qala, San Lawrenz, Sannat, Victoria (Rabat), Xaghra, Xewkija, and Zebbug, and 2 Secondary school in Victoria (1 for boys and the other 1 for girls), the College also comprises of two Centres – the Education, Science and Culture Centre in Victoria and the Literacy Centre in Sannat.
More information on the Curriculum for Kindergarten, Primary and Secondary school years can be found here: http://curriculum.gov.mt/en/Pages/Home.aspx
The Sir M.A. Refalo Sixth Form in Victoria offers a variety of educational streams to students who opt to further their education at Post-Secondary level. The most popular course is MATSEC (Matriculation Certificate), for which students choose 2 subjects at Advanced Level and another 3 at Intermediate Level. The MATSEC course is compulsory for students who want to further their education to Tertiary Level. More details on the courses offered by Sir M.A. Refalo Sixth Form are available here: http://smarc.skola.edu.mt/index.html
Currently, there are no Universities or Private Institutions in Gozo offering Tertiary Education. Students opting to further their studies beyond Post-Secondary Level are required to do so at the University of Malta (www.um.edu.mt) or at one of the many Private Institutions offering Tertiary Education through Foreign Qualifications on a part-time or full-time basis around Malta.
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