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6. Education and Training

6.10 Current debates and reforms

The development of the National Curriculum of the Republic of Croatia (Nacionalni kurikulum) is a part of the Comprehensive Curriculum Reform (Kurikularna reforma – Škola za život) which is one of the first measures contributing to the realisation of the Strategy of Education, Science and Technology

School for Life is a title of experimental programme of the Ministry of Science and Education. The Ministry selected 74 schools in primary and secondary education through a public call. Those schools join the experimental implementation of the program in the school year 2018/2019.The experimental programme was introduced only for some subjects and generations of pupils/students. An external evaluation (Vrednovanje eksperimentalnoga programa Škola za život u školskoj godini 2018./2019.) showed that the reform is well accepted by school principals,  students and parents, the reform has a positive support and that there are good foundation for full implementation.

The most part of initiatives of the Ministry of Science and Education in education during 2020 was related to the adjustment of teaching in the covid-19 pandemic, especially to organize on-line teaching in formal education system.

The hottest issue currently is the process of the Comprehensive curriculum reform which was launched in 2015 but has, in the meantime, been stopped while new professional leadership is elected to continue the process. The reform includes implementing a curriculum and learning outcomes instead of plans and programmes, extending primary education to nine years, and implementing digital education materials and information-communication technology.

The adoption of the Ordinance on recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning was planned for 2018 and then for 2019. This was a topic during parliamentary discussion in 2019 (Odgovor saborskom zastupniku). By the end of 2020 the Ordinance haven’t been adopted.