The new 2022/2023 school year begins in 2347 schools and 1799 kindergartens in the country. More than 57,000 first-graders are expected to go to school today, September 15, and nearly 717,000 are all students who will study in the 2022/2023 school year, the press center of the Ministry of Education and Science (MES) reported, BTA reported.
The school year will start in person everywhere. Measures have been taken to protect the health of children and students, according to the requirements and guidelines of the Ministry of Health. All principals have also provided medical care for the children and students.
Educational institutions are ready for the new school year, and days before September 15, the number of vacancies for pedagogical specialists began to decrease.
1,216 mediators and 182 social workers are also assigned to schools, who assist teachers in the inclusion of children and students in the education system.
The Minister of Education Prof. Sasho Penov will open the new academic year in Sofia and will visit the Vocational High School of Railway Transport in Karlovo
The Minister of Education and Science Prof. Sasho Penov will attend today at 10:00 a.m. the opening of the new academic year at the 18th William Gladstone Secondary School in Sofia. At 1:30 p.m., the Minister of Education will also visit the “Hristo Smirnenski” Vocational High School for Railway Transport in Karlovo, whose building was damaged in the floods.
The Deputy Minister of Education Maria Gaidarova will open at 9:30 a.m. the STEM center and the new school year at the “Ivan Vazov” Language High School in Plovdiv. It will be at 11:00 a.m. and at the opening of the academic school year at the Medical University in the city.
The Deputy Minister of Education Nadia Mladenova will be at the celebration at 10:30 a.m. at the Primary School “St. St. Cyril and Methodius” in the village of Aprilovo, municipality of Gorna Malina.
The Deputy Minister of Education Prof. Albena Chavdarova will open the school year at 9:00 a.m. at the Vasil Karagyozov Language High School in Yambol.
In nearly 900 schools, repairs were made in the summer, they will continue in 46 educational institutions and learning will take place in other buildings
Over the summer, there were renovations in nearly 900 schools, and the majority of them have already been completed. A total of 46 educational institutions from 14 regions of the country will open the academic year in other buildings, the most common reason for this being ongoing renovations. Among them are 18 schools from nine regions of the country.
Free textbooks and study kits for students up to seventh grade have already been delivered, there are textbooks for visually impaired students and those studying in European schools.
Schools also have a significant amount of technology, including computers and electronic whiteboards.
Funds will be provided for heating schools and kindergartens, the Minister of Education assured before the start of the new school year
Before the start of the new school year, the Ministry of Education and Science collected information on the provision of heating fuels in educational institutions in order to make an analysis and not to interrupt classes or switch to distance learning in an electronic environment.
“Funds will be provided for heating the schools and kindergartens. Training will be attended and distance lessons in a possible COVID situation will only be switched to in force majeure circumstances”. This was stated two days before September 15 in front of the directors of 574 educational institutions in Sofia by the acting Minister of Education and Science Prof. Sasho Penov. He emphasized that the advantages of face-to-face training are indisputable, but after two years of a pandemic, the experience and opportunities offered by online training can be used.
Minister Penov assured that the entire executive power will do everything possible to avoid the so-called wooden holidays. The Ministry of Education and Culture has collected information on the methods of heating schools in the country in order to know what mechanisms are needed and to provide the missing funds.
For the new academic year, 1,222 outreach teams with 18,244 experts have been formed so that all educable children can be covered by the system. This was stated by the Minister of Education and Science Prof. Sasho Penov. He emphasized that more and more children who have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out of school are covered by the mechanism in which the MES, the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, the Ministry of the Interior and other institutions interact.
In the new school year, each student’s ID card will be the only paper document
In the new school year, each student’s ID card will be the only document that remains on paper, and the notebook can be on paper or electronic – at the discretion of the schools.
From the academic year 2022/2023, Bulgarian education will have a new integrated management system, and this is the National Electronic Information System for Preschool and School Education (NEISPUO). In this system, almost all of our education is digitized and all data will be in it, they will be processed more easily, but at the beginning it is difficult, Asen Alexandrov – chairman of the Association of Directors, said in an interview with BTA about the preparation for the new school year in secondary education. He is also the director of the 51st Secondary School “Elisaveta Bagryana” in Sofia.
The new integrated system will contain all the data about our education – the electronic diaries will be in it, there will also be electronic files of the students with information about them from the first to the 12th grade, explained Asen Alexandrov. He specified that in this electronic file there will be everything that happens with a given student – every test or note will be published in the system. Student transfers will also now be done electronically rather than using a paper document. “In this way, our educational system becomes the most digitized system in Bulgaria, because 100,000 teachers, 700,000 students and one and a half million parents will have access to NEISPUO,” commented the chairman of the Association of Directors in Secondary Education.
However, school principals said they initially found it difficult to enter data into the new unified electronic education system, which should benefit teachers, students and parents. The MES assured that there will be time and opportunity for the schools to enter the information in the new system.