Prime Minister Zaev: The Government is committed to implementing education reforms to ensure quality life of young people and economic growth

23 May 2019
Photo from the public discussion inside the Government building
Government of the Republic of North Macedonia

The President of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, accompanied by the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of economic affairs and coordination with the economic departments Kocho Angjushev, the Minister of Finance Dragan Tevdovski, the Minister of Education and Science Arber Ademi and the UNICEF Representative in the Republic North Macedonia, Benjamin Perks, participated in the event "Sustainable Development Goals: Public Debate - Clear Vision for Quality Education".

Speaking about the importance of education reforms, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev emphasized that the Government is committed to implementing education reforms, which are extremely important for ensuring a quality life for young people, encouraging and increasing the economic development and growth of our overall economy.

"We promised in our government programme that we will prevent introducing hasty and non-functional projects, but we will carry out the measures and reforms in the educational process by holding public debates with all stakeholders. Today we have public discussion about the interests of teachers, students and their parents. As Government, we respect the modern European practices, according to which the basic and most important pillars of the society are the provision of inclusive, non-discriminatory and quality mainstream education for all children without exception, primarily for students with disabilities and students from other vulnerable categories ", stressed the Prime Minister Zaev.

Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Dr. Kocho Angjushev, stressed that one of the main priorities of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia is to ensure quality education for all. He added that education is one of the key components of the economic sector and that providing quality and appropriate education, in accordance with the demands of the labor market, is crucial for an accelerated and sustainable development of the country in the future.

Speaking about the OECD Review on Evaluation and Assessment of Education in North Macedonia, which was presented at the debate, which examines the period 2000-2015, the Minister of Education and Science Arber Ademi said the review comes at a very important moment when a new national assessment is considered with a main goal to help schools ensure improved quality teaching and will serve to further create policies that, as he said, will now be based only on a carefully selected and analyzed evidence.

Talking about the challenges and opportunities for financing in education, the Minister of Finance Dragan Tevdovski pointed out that the Budget will additionally provide financial support to  scientific and research activities for further expansion and continuous improvement, coordination of the entities for scientific-research activity, promotion of national and international cooperation in the transfer of knowledge, research and training, and increasing labor productivity and national competitiveness globally.

The UNICEF Representative in the Republic of North Macedonia, Benjamin Perks, emphasized that the review developed by the Ministry of Education and the OECD indicates a number of reasons, including years of reforms that were not built on evidence and did not focus on the actual and individual needs of students, which led to the demotivation of the education workforce.

"All the research shows that the main driver of good learning outcomes is quality and competence of teaching. Quality teaching and competent teachers is where we need to put our collective efforts, "said UNICEF representative in the Republic of North Macedonia, Benjamin Perks.

At the end of today's public debate "A clear vision for quality education", representatives of educational institutions, international organizations and other stakeholders engaged in discussion to contribute to the success of the education reforms.

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