Guidance and Counselling Services were set up within the Department of
Education in September 1968, when the recommendations made by Professor
J. L. Louis, a consultant sent over to Malta by UNESCO, were taken up.
In 1974 the posts of Education Officer, Counsellor and Guidance Teacher
were introduced and so Guidance and Counselling was formalized in our
education organisational structure. In 1984 Guidance and Counselling Services
established themselves in their new premises at 1, St Publius Street,
- The 1974 Agreement
between the Government and the Malta Union of Teachers, established
the post of Guidance Teacher and Counsellor in the Secondary/Post-Secondary
Sectors and the post of Education Officer (Guidance and Counselling).
- The Reorganization
Agreement drawn up between the Government and the MUT in 1994, referring
to the Classification, Re-grading and Assimilation of the Education
Class specifies that one Guidance Teacher is to be assigned to every
- Guidance Teachers
have the opportunity to follow a Diploma level course of studies at
the University of Malta.
- The filling of
vacancies in the grade of School Counsellor is by selection following
a call for application open to teachers who are in possession of a recognized
qualification in counselling, and who satisfy the conditions stated
- have not less than
10 years teaching experience of which at least 5 years must be in State
- have served for
at least 5 years as Guidance Teachers in State Schools.
- have taught for
at least 10 years in Primary State Schools.
When the Reorganization
Agreements established the Post of School Counsellor for the Primary and
Trade schools, they extended the service to the full range of students.
- The 1994 agreement
established the post of School Counsellor in the Primary Sector for
- The 1996 agreement
established the post of School Counsellor for instructor grades in the
To date no new
agreement has been drawn up to reflect current practices.
Articles: A Brief History of Guidance & Counselling in Malta: by Joseph P. Degiovanni
Malta's Guidance and Counselling Services: An Overview by Joseph M. Sammut
With acknowledgment to Publishers Enterprises
Group (PEG), and editors, R.G. Sultana and J.M. Sammut,
of the book: "Careers Education and Guidance in Malta - Issues and
Challenges" (1997) and the respective authors.
The book is available from PEG and leading
booksellers in Malta