Thursday, 4 February 2010

Schooling in Bulgaria

We're lucky to have an open school in the village, a lot of schools in Bulgarian rural areas have closed due to lack of attendees. The population here has been in a serious decline for many years now so less and less children are born each year.

My children have been going to the village school for about 2 years now and so far have come a long way in their understanding of written and spoken Bulgarian, they've also learnt some Russian too. The problem is that to help them learn the language they were started off in a class with the youngest children and although they passed the class with ease have only moved up to the next school year so are still being taught with children much younger than them. Which means they're going over stuff they learned back in primary school and that's not great for a 14 and 12 year old!

It's come to a point where they're bored and not challenged by anything done in class, they've got enough of the language to understand everything the teacher says and writes but can't progress any further until they are moved to a higher class. It's very frustrating.

Once this latest bout of snow clears we will have to seriously think about taking the kids out of school and moving them to a bigger and more equipped school in town of Gorna Oryahovitsa, I really do think it's the best way forward for them and will give them a better chance of leaving school with some qualifications. Of course it will cost us money to send them to town 5 days a week but that is unavoidable - education comes first.

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