Hundreds of thousands of young Bulgarians returned to school, or began their first day, in the past week.
They’ve entered a world of underpaid teachers, a one-size-fits-all curriculum and a system in need of reform.
For their parents, that world also includes paying for private lessons and, in many cases, playing Sherlock Holmes in trying to find out essential information about school days. Then there is the cynical view that at many schools, parents’ meetings are more like business meetings.
Views of the school situation in Bulgaria are mixed, including among the parents taking part in the latest Bulgaria Now podcast – Imanuel Marcus and Justin Chapman of Foreigners and Friends Magazine, and Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe. They tell tales out of school to Bulgaria Now’s Lance Nelson.