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TRUTH IS OF NO COLOUR WWW.MALTATODAY.COM.MT SUNDAY • 9 JULY 2023 • ISSUE 1236 • PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY G E T €1 5 , 0 0 0 + W O R T H O F F U R N I T U R E A N D F U R N I S H I N G v o u c h e r s & D I S C O U N T S W H E N Y O U B U Y Y O U R F I R S T H O M E T H R O U G H U S ! BUYING YOUR FIRST HOME? Be sure to get your copies of BLUE LIVES and Gourmet magazines Out with MaltaToday The devastating impact of the uncontrolled population growth of the Oriental Hornet PAGE 12 Honeybee at risk BILL 28 maltatoday Buses packed like sardines Children from affluent families have better reading skills, study reveals International PIRLS survey reveals class divide in educational attainment • Independent schools obtain best reading scores when compared to less elitist State and church schools • Malta's better ranking attributed to change in test language from Maltese to the student's preferred language PAGE 4 JAMES DEBONO BUSES departing from tourist localities are getting precarious- ly overcrowded this summer, which is the first one since the introduction of free public trans- port last September. The problem exacerbated by the increase in population and record tourist arrival figures, has still not reached a tipping point but judg- ing from feedback from commut- ers and stakeholders, frustration at over-crowding, is growing. A Transport Ministry official confirmed that the number of pas- senger trips has not only returned to pre-pandemic levels but is "now even surpassing the record levels achieved in 2019". The authority confirmed that 17 bus routes require additional ca- pacity and four have already been addressed. Measures to address overcrowding issues on the other 13 routes will follow suit in the coming weeks. LARA DIMITRIJEVIC says Malta is worse than Saudi Arabia when it comes to abortion INTERVIEW MT2 SEE FEATURE PAGES 13-15 €1.95

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