The Ministry of Education and Science introduces entrance tests at the beginning of each year for grades 8 and 9. The purpose is to establish the level of knowledge of the students and to know what to emphasize during the school year. This was stated by the Deputy Minister of Education and Science Nataliya Miteva in “The Day Begins”.
“Our idea is to turn the system towards more applicability and life skills. We noticed that Bulgarian students do very well with the knowledge they have acquired, but not so well with applying it in a real life situation.
The Pisa tasks, which are internationally recognized and we use as a starting point, are multi-component and multi-layered. The levels of complexity are from 1 to 8. What is different from the Bulgarian tasks is that they not only examine specific knowledge, but also draw subject connections between the individual subjects,” commented Nataliya Miteva.
In addition to changing the format of the exams, resource banks will also be created for teachers through which they can access such tests and assignments.
Miteva added that at the global level, there is a decline in the results of students in the OECD.
“We need a global rethinking of the meaning of education. Public, public education is beginning to lose its meaning among young people. We need to find what will help them find their careers,” explained Natalia Miteva.