Nearly 2,800 first-graders are welcoming the schools in the Blagoevgrad region today, the head of the Regional Department of Education (RUO) Ivaylo Zlatanov told BTA. There is almost no difference with last year’s admission of students in the first grade, but against the background of the graduations, which are currently the sixth, seventh and eighth grades, the first graders are about 200 fewer, Zlatanov pointed out.
All schools on the territory of the district, in which repair work was carried out during the summer months, are ready to start the new school year. The repairs have been completed everywhere and the educational process will not be hampered, commented the head of the RUO – Blagoevgrad.
In total, there are about 34,000 students in the Blagoevgrad district. Children of Ukrainian refugees who live in the district are also enrolled in the Blagoevgrad schools this year. These are less than 50 students from all classes, with the largest number being those enrolled in schools in Bansko – about 20.
However, there is no concentration of a large number of Ukrainian students in one class, which is why it is not necessary to separate an independent class, Ivaylo Zlatanov also said. The students are assigned to already existing classes, he added. Applications for school enrollment in the district have been withdrawn for several children as they, along with their families, have returned to Ukraine.