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Young people in North Macedonia wait for appointment at psychologist’s office for two months

The primary and secondary school pupils, but also the undergraduate students in North Macedonia, should have access to free counseling centers, where they will be able to discuss their problems and talk freely about everything which is bothering them. This is the conclusion from the online debate that took place on the 27th of April 2022, organized by the...

North Macedonia: 91% of the students request psychological counseling at faculties

The need to talk more and more about mental health is increasing every day, so in the developed countries in Europe and the world, psychological support or counseling is provided for the employees at their workplace. The same has been offered by universities to their students for years by providing support and counseling from professionals. In North Macedonia, there are...

University students confused by Government of North Macedonia’s recommendation about teaching with physical presence

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Government of North Macedonia's recommendation that the teaching activities at the faculties of the universities in the country should continue with a physical presence, dazed both the universities and the students. Most of the higher education institutions that have implemented a combined teaching model in the past two years will continue with it until the end of the current...

North Macedonia: Low salaries deter young students from choosing teaching careers

The low salaries and the sizable administrative work in the education, but also the disrespect toward the teaching profession, is the reason that fewer and fewer prospective students in North Macedonia are choosing university studies in mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology. There are elementary and secondary schools that are facing a lack of computer science teachers, so they often...

Pupils in North Macedonia simulate murders from Squid Game, psychologists warn of its dangerous impact

During the breaks, pupils across North Macedonia are simulating murders and are completing other violent challenges copied from the popular South Korean TV series Squid Game. This TV show provoked fierce reactions due to its negative effects on the children and the young people, and in some countries the authorities have recommended that the parents should not allow their children...

Three Macedonian students raised half a million dollars to develop a tool – Howitzer for marketing at Reddit

Nikola Velkovski, Stefan Kotevski and Tomislav Jurukovski are the three Macedonian students that study at FEIT i.e. the FON University and who were granted 500.000 USD pre-seed investment agreement for the development of their marketing tool. The Venture capital company DayOne Capital that invests in projects in order to allow a world ranking for solving all kinds of problems and...

We need ‘painless’ glucose monitors, says Mia Chichkarikj, a 16 year old diabetes patient

Mia Chichkarikj is 16-years old third-year student in the Orce Nikolov Gymnasium in Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia. What makes this young girl a true fighter is that every day for the past 10 years, she has been facing the challenges that Type 1 juvenile diabetes has thrown at her. No other medicine can help her but insulin...

Dr. Panovski: The school year should start with blend model, both online and with physical attendance

It's a risk to start the new school year with physical attendance since there are a lot of people who weren't vaccinated, said Dr. Nikola Panovski. He considers that if a more serious issue happens to one child chaos will ensue in North Macedonia since the situation is very sensitive. According to him, a blended education process will have...

638 scholarships granted to Romani pupils during the 2020/2021 school year in North Macedonia

The Romani pupils that are enrolled in first and second grade in the 2020/2021 school year were granted a total of 638 scholarships. These are part of the project in North Mscedonia financed by the European Union "Regular classes: Action for an inclusion of the Romani in elementary education." This project was implemented by the Foundation Open Society Macedonia, Association...

The pandemic directed the light to the problems and the need for functional digitization of higher education

Empty amphitheaters, empty student dormitories - the pandemic has emptied the locations where students used to live, study and socialize. During last year, the lectures and the exams took place at home and the new conditions for studying additionally stressed the problems that the students faced even before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Last year, several events marked the...

Getting no response from their professors, students reach out to the social networks

In a situation when the university students during the coronavirus crisis in North Macedonia can only use electronic devices to attend lectures and take exams, there is the very important segment of the communication with their teachers - that is very often almost left out. While in most of the cases the students manage to achieve normal two-way communication with...

Medical students in North Macedonia engaged in the war against COVID-19

Medical students engaged in the war against COVID-19 in North Macedonia. "We are in a humane profession, this is what we do every day, and we are helping the community," said Revije Veliu, one of the 6th year medical students that will provide support for her colleagues at the front lines in the war against the coronavirus in the country,...

From attending classes on a pedal boat to playing video games during classes – the misuses of the online teaching?

The new school year in North Macedonia started on the 1st of October with a distance learning based on the national platform schools.mk where the pupils are able to see and hear the lectures of their teachers and professors. But, this way of teaching also posed new challenges both for the students and the teachers, and the whole educational...

MoES: 42 students and 65 teachers infected with COVID-19, part of them attended lectures

Since the start of the school year, a total of 42 COVID-19 cases have been registered among the students and 65 among the teachers. Out of them, 29 are pupils from elementary school and 13 are high school students, while 47 of the teachers are elementary school teachers and 18 are of them are high school teachers, informed the...

Pupils in North Macedonia can have an extended stay at schools but without mixing of grades

The grades that will start with lectures with physical attendance i.e. pupils from the same grade will be able to have an extended stay at school without mixing the cgrade. This decision was adopted by the Government during yesterday's session. The Commission for Analysis of Submitted Requests by the School’s Founders for Organizing Classes with Physical Attendance, out of 225...

South East European University began with lectures, UKIM will do so on 4th of October

The South East European University (SEEU) has started with lectures on Monday, with a hybrid system of teaching for the students in all study cycles. SEEU's rector stressed that all preparations have been made concerning the recommendations for hygiene, physical distancing, and a personal protection during the pandemic, informs Portalb.mk Part of this university's students have said that the lectures...

The schools will have to provide school materials to pupils who have no computers

The pandemic imposed new rules to which we will have to adjust to. This requires the protection of public health, but also learning at the same time. We offered a combined teaching system and in order to make it successful we are working on an online platform that will be presented soon, said new North Macedonia's Minister for Education...

The parents demand online teaching, Ministry of Education adamant – students will attend school from September

"Support for online teaching in the 2020/2021 school year" is the name of a Facebook Group which counts 3.500 members from North Macedonia, and these days, when stil there are many unknowns about the start of the new academic year, the commentaries are reaching the fever pitch. Many parents announced they won't let their children attend school as, in...

Secondary education in North Macedonia didn’t provide conditions for quality distant learning

In 64% of the cases, the digital tools were used either rarely (once in two weeks or once a month) or not at all in the regular teaching process, and 51% of the students were never trained by their teachers how to use digital tools for the needs in the learning process. These are some of the findings of...

Classroom teaching is vital, the rules for the schools are being prepared in North Macedonia

Certain schools in North Macedonia have better spatial conditions, others are less competent in this regard. At some schools, there may be a large number of pupils, so working in shifts will have to be introduced and at some there are smaller classrooms and working in shifts will not be required. Therefore, the teaching process with physical presence will...