Bad grades: Education reforms fail to transform North Macedonia’s schools

If he were a man, he would now be 16 and finishing his freshman year of high school. He would prepare for his final exams for the end of the school year, ensuring the best possible grades on the school’s leaving certificate.

Reforms of North Macedonia’s education system have been ongoing for 16 consecutive years.

And the effect of these reforms is measurable; international tests and rankings show that the country’s students have not progressed; on the contrary, they have deteriorated in terms of knowledge and skills.

Analysis of the evolution of education from 2006 to the present also suggests that reforms have only been truly coherent when an education minister replaces another from the same political bloc. When parties change, the concepts of reform also change.

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Helen D. Jessen