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Private tuition is increasingly being equated to unfairness. Although it has the potential to help students who experience learning difficulties at school, it is also an inequitable ploy in the hands of other students as they work up their way to reach status, power and wealth. A review of Maltese research reveals how this purchase of educational privileges appears to favour mostly students from families with a strong financial and educational background. This situation undermines local policy initiatives aimed at providing all students with equal access to quality education and life opportunities. However, rather than suggesting the curtailing of such privileges, this chapter proposes the creation of an educational ambience in which these privileges are less effective. The idea is to blur the existing boundaries between private tuition and mainstream schooling as a starting point toward rendering the Maltese education system fairer.

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Private tuition is increasingly being equated to unfairness. Although it has the potential to help students who experience learning difficulties at school, it is also an inequitable ploy in the hands of other students as they work up their way to reach status, power and wealth. A review of Maltese research reveals how this purchase of educational privileges appears to favour mostly students from families with a strong financial and educational background. This situation undermines local policy initiatives aimed at providing all students with equal access to quality education and life opportunities. However, rather than suggesting the curtailing of such privileges, this chapter proposes the creation of an educational ambience in which these privileges are less effective. The idea is to blur the existing boundaries between private tuition and mainstream schooling as a starting point toward rendering the Maltese education system fairer.

In: Private Tutoring Across the Mediterranean
The Mediterranean has once again come into its own in global geo-politics, attracting international interest that goes well beyond the typical stereotypes propagated by the tourist industry. Popular movements clamouring for democracy, conflict zones that have a spill-over effect well beyond the region, efforts to engage with globalisation on its own terms—one and all play out in various sectors of society, education included.

Educational Scholarship across the Mediterranean: A Celebratory Retrospective brings together in one volume a selection of the best articles that have appeared in the Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies, whose first issue was published in 1996. Each chapter highlights challenges faced by education systems across the region, seen from the perspective of leading scholars who draw on original empirical data, a broad spectrum of theoretical frameworks, and personal experience to reflect on education-related topics. Among these we find critical considerations of the role of the economy, demography, gender, social stratification, religion, politics, culture and language in shaping educational systems and practices.

Much has been achieved in the countries bordering on the Mediterranean over the past 25 years—and yet, a consideration of the continuities as much as of the ruptures is instructive, showing how education remains both a transformative and reproductive force in communities.