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Education and Decentralization

By Jovan Ananiev

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Decentralization aims to enable the citizens, either directly or indirectly, to be more involved in the decision making process in a wider number of areas such as education, urban and rural planning, health, culture, and local economic development. The Republic of Macedonia, upon adopting the Law on Local Self-Government in 2002, commenced this challenging process of transferring responsibilities from the national to the local/Municipal level. Both elementary and secondary education came under the Municipal jurisdiction starting July 1, 2005. This transfer means that the Municipalities assumed ownership over school buildings, and other property related to elementary and secondary education, as well as responsibility for the maintenance of school buildings, and the payment of salaries for auxiliary staff. As the process evolves further, the Municipalities will receive additional responsibilities. The process of decentralizing education involves the participation of many stakeholders including school directors, parents and students. The domain of primary and secondary education is covered by the Law on Local Self-Government, the Law on Primary Education and its amendments, the Law on Secondary Education and its amendments, the Law on State Education Inspectorate, and the Law on Financing of the Local Self-Government Units

Topics: Political Science
Publisher: OSCE
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.ugd.edu.mk:1106

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