6.2 Administration and governance
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Cross-sectoral cooperation between ministries, departments, agencies involved in defining policies and measures on education and training for young people is happening through interministerial working groups.
The Ministry of Education and Science (MES) is the ministry charged with the administration of education. It determines and implements state policy in the field of education; forecasts and plans the activities pertaining to the development of education by drafting long-term programmes and operational plans; organizes and coordinates the work of the administrative units and education establishments; monitors the activity of all types and levels of schools (including nursery schools) in the country; approves school documentation and planning of school places; ensures the implementation of innovations, the supply of textbooks, curricula and teaching staff; and carries out international activities in the field of education.
The central administration of the MES approves the obligatory school documentation – guidelines, compulsory curricula, programmes, state education requirements, textbooks, handbooks, etc., with the assistance of a large circle of experts from research institutes and higher education institutions, experts from regional and community administrations, head teachers, teachers, etc.
At regional level Bulgaria has 28 Regional education governance bodies (Регионално управление на образованието (РУО)) responsible for the overall educational policy, set out by the Ministry of Education and Science, within the territory of the respective district. Regional education governance bodies are territorial administration of the Ministry of Education and Science for management and control of the public education system. They create conditions for the state education policy in the region and are funded by the budget of the Ministry of Education and Science