Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Srpska Dane Malesevic thinks that matching the education system to the needs of economy is of great importance for secondary education, and that decreasing the unemployment rate is connected to the reform of secondary vocational education.
“When modernizing curricula of secondary vocation schools, it is necessary to pay attention to transferable skills in the education system which allow the easier adaptation to new technologies and changes in the working environment. - “, said the Minister in his interview for the Serbian Republic Press Agency –“SRNA”.
He points out that “The Strategy for Education Development in the Republic of Srpska for the period 2015-2020”, which is being prepared, is aimed at increasing the number of children between the age of 3 and 6 enrolled in preschool education and raising awareness among the public and decisions makers related to early education and possible effects it can have on later development.
The Agoals of the Strategy are also maintaining the high number of children enrolled in compulsory primary education, optimum work conditions in schools, high quality education process with the improvement of curricula, the quality of textbooks and teaching aids by using information technologies.
Malesevic also said that primary schools leaving matura is planed to be introduced and he emphasized the importance of establishing a system which would ensure high quality primary education by developing a complete system of evaluation, assessment and reporting on the quality of classes and the level of acquired learning outcomes.
He thinks that higher education oriented toward scientific research and its connection to labour market will contribute to educating high quality staff, which will initiate the development of the economy of the Republic of Srpska.
“Adopting the process of internationalization from higher education institutions in the countries of EU has brought about the increase in education quality and the rapid development of scientific research, so the internationalization of higher education institutions of the Republic of Srpska is one of the strategic development goals.- “, said Malesevic.
The Minister has announced the increase in international mobility of students and academic staff, as well as the introduction of study programs in English.
The Government of the Republic of Srpska has allowed students enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate studies under the provisions of the Law on Higher Education to continue their studying for one more academic year by the curriculum that was valid in the period when they enrolled.
Students studying by the Bologna Process are given the opportunity to enroll in the next academic year 2015/2016 with the right to transfer up to 15 ECTS credits, regardless of the number of subjects that they correspond to, or they can transfer maximum two subjects regardless of the number of credits corresponded by them.
“According to the current Law, they can transfer up to 15 ECTS credits or two subjects. “, said the Minister in his interview for SRNA, and he also pointed out that it has be planned to draft a new Law on Higher Education the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016.
The Ministry of Education and Culture has also prepared the draft Low on Preschool Education, the Regulation on the Type of Professional Qualifications of Teachers and professional associates in Grammar Schools, Amendments to of the Regulation on Organizing Excursions and Trips, the Regulation on the Selection of the Student of the Generation, the Regulation on the List of Vocational, Academic and Scientific Titles…
The program for preparing children for school and their enrolment in the first grade in 2015/2016 school year is in the process, the plan of enrolment in secondary schools has been adopted, and the plan of enrolment in higher education institutions is being prepared.
In the field of culture, the Regulation on Library and Information Activities, the Regulation on Financing Public Needs in the Field of Cinematographic Activities, the Regulation on the Content and keeping the Records of Goods with Previous Protection are being prepared.
Additionally, Regulation on Keeping Record and the Central Record of Cultural Property, as well as the Regulation on Co-financing Projects of National Minorities are being drafted.
“In accordance with the Conclusion of the Assembly of the Republic of Srpska, a procedure has been launched for creating the Project of the Memorial Centre in “Donja Gradina. -”, said the Minister.