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The reform of the primary education that will start at the beginning of the next school year are good for the whole society in North Macedonia. From what we saw and understood so far, and we have seen pretty much, and taking into account that the whole process of sketching the changes has been implemented in a transparent way and with the participation of all concerned sides, these are changes that are following the lead of the global educational standards and they should bring higher quality in our country.

This is the opinion of school teacher Sarita Jasharova of Brakja Ramiz and Hamid Primary school in the municipality of Shuto Orizari, a suburb of Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, who is giving full support for the reforms, including the digitization of the school books.

She thinks that if the digitization of the school books isn’t posing any troubles in many other countries, then she doesn’t see any reasons why it shoudn’t be implemented in our country, because our pupils and teachers do not differ much from those in other countries. And the benefits are identical.

“On the other hand, the changes will bring gains especially for the ethnic communities in North Macedonia. If in the past there wasn’t any interest or possibilities for procuring school books for any of the minority teaching languages, now it’s a legal obligation. The school books are becoming available in all official languages that are taught at schools, which is contributing to equality in this area,” said Jasharova.

Jasharova, who teaches “Roma Culture and Language,” said that digital school books can be updated easier and as a result, there won’t be any outdated school books. It is of great importance that they will become inclusive, available in audio format, as well as printed in Braille alphabet for pupils who are blind or visually impaired.