The Government of the Republic of Srpska adopted today during its 52nd session the Decree on Occupational Standards and Information on implementation of the reform activities in the field of preschool, primary and secondary education in Republic of Srpska.
Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Srpska Natalija Trivic stated that the Decree on Occupational Standards was created together with the Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Craftsmanship and the Employer Associations Union of the Republic of Srpska and taking into account the needs of the labor market.
Minister Trivić explained that by adopting the Decree, the standards for 54 occupations have been defined and that the same would be done for the remaining 52 occupations in the first quarter of next year and added that local communities will also be involved in the process and have an obligation in coordination with the councils for education and economy to suggest enrollment policy to the Ministry of Education and Culture.
"Economy dictates local community development and from that point of view high school enrollment policy is very significant. We will promote vocational education and insist on evaluation of the quality of high schools. We will develop curricula for secondary vocational education according to the needs of the labor market and include more practical classes in vocational and technical schools so that students acquire more competencies", Minister Trivić emphasized.
"The Decree will also serve as a platform for developing a qualification framework with the Ministry of Scientific and Technological Development, Higher Education and the Information Society", the Minister said.
As for the implementation of reform activities in the field of pre-school, primary and secondary education, Minister Trivic emphasized that the basic objectives have been fulfilled such as reorganization of the Pedagogical Institute and the Institute for Adult Education. The Minister singled out formation of a department for quality evaluation of work in preschool, primary and secondary schools within the Pedagogical Institute.
With regard to priorities for 2020, she emphasized that in the field of pre-school education, it is planned to expand the reach of children to be included in a three-month preschool program in urban, suburban and rural areas and in local communities lacking pre-school education.
The Minister emphasized that free preschool education for children with disabilities and without parental care would be introduced and at the same time continue adaptation of school and other facilities intended for pre-school education and training of the staff working in that sector.
The main priority in the field of elementary education, Minster Trivic explained, would be to innovate curricula focusing on the learning outcomes and development of students' personality and competencies which would require additional professional training for teachers.
"We will increase the physical sports classes in lower grades. Classes on democracy and human rights will be studies in higher grades. We will develop and introduce more flexible range of subjects in the second and the third triads of the primary education. In the coming year, we will have special education programs with gifted students and would also develop curricula that are tailored to the specific requirements of students with disabilities", the Minister stated and added that textbooks will also be adapted to the updated curricula and that their digitization will continue.
This year, a pilot project was carried out to digitize the geography textbook for the sixth grade which turned out to be very good. The ultimate goal is that one textbook is sufficient for one subject. All other teaching aids will be in digital form and in this way school bags will become lighter.
All those measures would be enacted through changes to the Law on preschool, primary and secondary education and then implemented at the beginning of the new school year.
Director of the RS Administration for Land Survey, Property and Legal Affairs Bosiljka Predragovic stated that during today's session, the Government of the Republic of Srpska approved the Law on Special Expropriation Procedure for the purpose of construction of the Vukosavlje-Brčko and Brčko-Rača highways and gas pipeline as a matter of urgency. The Law concerned is a special law which immediately sets the general interest with regard to the highway route established by the National Assembly and thus shortens the procedural time needed so that this infrastructure project of general interest in the first phase, which involves expropriation, could be completed on time and contractual obligations fulfilled.
According to Ms. Predragovic this law also foresees fines for experts engaged in the process who fail to submit their expert findings and thus delay the administrative procedure on issuance of the expropriation procedure.
Ms. Predragovic further said that some of the issues that the Administration on Land Survey, Property and Legal Affairs encounters in its work have pointed to the need to have a separate law on the work of this Institution and that Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska, Radovan Višković has agreed that such a law should be prepared.
"We have 850 full-time employees and 700 employees more who are engaged but we are not able to do all the procedures and about 70 percent of our tasks are of general interest. We need to have flexibility in scheduling workers, paying per diems, going out into the field and the like, which is not possible under the current Law on Civil Servants", Predragovic specified and pointed out that they would work on the improvement of the performance and the results of the Land Survey Administration in order to make citizens satisfied with its work as one of the most important public services in Republic of Srpska.