Although Maltese students rank second only to Italians in terms of numbers attending Catholic schools, only 7.4% of them are studying Maltese in these schools, compared to 11% of Arabic- and 40% of Spanish-speaking students. The disproportionate degree of Italian teaching in Catholic schools needs not be emphasised - the number of children enrolled for Italian language classes actually exceeded the number of Italian language speakers by 22%! (Lo Bianco, 1987,p 255)
Source: Maurice N. Cauchi - Maltese Migrants in Australia, Malta 1990
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