6. Education and Training
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The Bulgarian school system (formal education) secures the compulsory education until the age of 16 and the gratuitous primary and lower secondary education in the municipal and state schools. In the subsection Youth Wiki/Bulgaria 6.1 General Context you can find the results of ОЕCD PISA and the Education and Training Monitoring Analysis of the European Commission. In addition, you can find the data from National studies such as the National representative study “Children’s Voices” („Гласовете на децата“) carried out by Market Links Agency upon assignment of UNICEF Bulgaria and the Annual Youth Report (Годишен доклад за младежтa).
The results from these studies are taken into account in the national policy making process in a fair knowledge-based policy approach. For example Bulgaria was one of the first countries in the EU which, apart from recognizing the existence of the problem with early school leaving, has developed special policies for reducing the share of the early school leavers and plans to achieve reduction of this share to 11% as of the year 2020. More can be found in the subsection Youth Wiki/Bulgaria 6.3 Preventing early leaving from education and training (ELET). The dynamic political environment in the country in 2021 is a prerequisite for new Govermental Programme starting late 2021 and the measures planned and implemented in the field of youth and education following the renewed program can be followed in the subsection Youth Wiki/Bulgaria 6.10 Current debates and reforms.