EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IN MACEDONIA
STRUCTURE OF EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM IN MACEDONIA
There are 180 state-funded kindergartens in Macedonia and few private
they offer their services to 25000 children.
Activities in kindergartens are organized in smaller or larger groups, depending on the age and development of children.
There are roughly 1100 schools. Almost all of these schools are public.
Pupils that have reached six years are allowed to go to school.
Primary education is at the end of reforms that started five years ago.
There are three educational cycles 1st -3rd grade, 4th -6th grade, 6th-9th .
The size of school classes varies from 25 to 34 students.
School year lasts 180 days, from 1st september to 10th june with winter break from 1st january to 21st january
An average school day consists of 4-7 lessons or weekly 25-32 regular lessons.
One lesson lasts 40 minutes. School students attend lessons in two shifts (morning or afternoon).
Students are involved in various extracurricular activities, socio useful work, etc..
Formal grades are not allowed in the first few years of primary school.
The grading system used in Macedonia consists of a five point scale. 1 is the worst possible grade, 5 the best.
There are roughly 110 schools. About 100 of these are public.
Secondary school education is provided by secondary schools, technical and other vocational schools, and art secondary schools for students from ages 15 to 19.
In the second half of the fourth year, pupils are supposed to write a project (maturska tema), defend it, and pass a written examination in their mother tongue on literature. The final examination is the Matura and, after completing and passing all of the items above, students will receive their diploma.
The technical schools and other vocational schools train technicians for different professions—medical, financial and others.
The study programmes of the two-cycle system were reformed (starting from 2003) in line with the Bologna Process . ◦ The first study cycle amounts to 180 to 240 credits, which is the equivalent of study programmes lasting 3 to 4 years. The name of the qualification in the national language is diplomiran + profile or in English Bachelor + profile. ◦ Postgraduate Studies (Master Degree) amount to 60 to 120 credits, i.e. duration of 1 to 2 years, depending on the profile. The name of the qualification in the national language is magister + profile or in English Master + profile.
There are four STATE HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS:The University “St.Cyril and Methody”, Skopje, The University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Bitola, Tetovo State University, Tetovo, The University “Goce Delcev”, Stip
There are 15 PRIVATE HIGHER EDUCATION ISTITUTIONS