Mandatory secondary school education: how to get from a good idea to good implementation
On 10 April 2007, with the enactment of changes in the Law for Secondary School Education, mandatory secondary school education was introduced. This political decision has a strong capacity to initiate reforms to the secondary school system. However it is not and cannot be a goal on its own. The conditions in Republics of Macedonia show that the present performances of the secondary school system are not satisfactory. A comparison with other countries in the region, in the EU and beyond shows that Macedonia is on a lower level concerning the percentage of people who have completed secondary school education and the structure of the secondary schools themselves. The units of local self-government cannot respond to the challenges of implementing mandatory secondary school education on their own. If additional resources and capacities for the local self-government units are not provided, a process of cyclical “re-centralisation” in the area of education may occur. Substantial reforms to secondary school education are required with a greater participation of local self-government and private initiatives from the business sector.
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