Until recently and for five years,The Education of Macedonia – Interview with Ljubica Grozdanovska of BID Consulting, Macedonia Articles Ljubica Grozdanovska worked as a journalist in Macedonia’s best-selling daily newspaper, “A Course In Miracles“, covering issues on every level of education in the country. Three months ago, she became correspondent for the prestigious Czech e-zine Transition Online (TOL), again covering topics in education. Ljubica also works at the Faculty of Journalism in Skopje as a junior assistant. Recently, she co-founded “BID Consulting”, where she serves as a market analyst, business and PR consultant. Q: Some observers say that education in Macedonia is being revolutionized – others that it is undergoing a chaotic upheaval.
Can you identify for us the major changes (private education, financing, major legislation, etc.)? LG: The extension of primary education to nine years, the provision of a PC to every student, the Law for Higher Education, and the construction of schools through public-private partnerships are some of the big projects in education announced by the current Government. However, their implementation in practice yielded varying outcomes, sometimes deviating from the expected ones. The implementation of the concept of nine-year long primary education started on the first of September 2007. Consequently, two generations of pupils enrolled in the first grade: those five and a half years old and those seven years old. Parents were more than confused.
According to the revised Law of Primary Education, children who are going to be five years and eight months old by the end of the year have the right to enroll in first grade. Therefore, some children were forced to wait till the next school year just because they were going to reach the proper age only in January.