Education Minister Krasimir Valchev: University degree holders who want to earn a teaching credential can do so by completing a certification programme16 October 2018 | 12:33 | FOCUS News Agency
“A lot of people in the education system are over 50 years old. We need to attract more teachers into the system,” he said. According to the minister, the main route for acquiring a teaching qualification is through a university degree in education. “What we are doing is increasing the numbers of admissions, increasing funding for teaching degree programmes, and offering additional scholarships to students pursuing teaching degrees,” he said. In his words, as of next academic year, the Ministry of Education and Science will propose that the teaching degree programmes be without tuition, that is, the fees will be funded through a third scholarship. “Besides this traditional route we will also develop a national programme for alternative ones. First, people who are specialists with university degrees and want to earn a teaching credential to work at school, can do so by completing a certification programme. This option already exists. What is new is that we will allocate funds for a refresher course for people who have a degree in education but have not started working or have not worked for a long time at school,” Minister Valchev explained.
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Sofia. The Bulgarian education system will face a shortage of 10,000 teachers in just 2 years and then of 39,000 teachers in 8 years, trade union leader Yanka Takeva said during a discussion on staff policy in education, Focus News Agency reports. This forecast is the result of a survey carried out a year and a half ago by Qualification Directorate, Ministry of Education and Science, said Takeva, who chairs the Bulgarian Union of Teachers. According to the survey, from next year Bulgaria will face a great shortage of teachers in science and maths. She highlighted a project for the qualification of 600 people as teachers every year, including specialists in different fields such as engineering and economics. The qualification programme lasts for a year. The union leader called for targeted funding from the state budget to train more specialists as teachers.Open in new tab