Plan for free extra Bulgarian lessons for children of refugees, foreigners, minorities

Bulgaria’s Education Ministry is proposing that the state provides free additional Bulgarian language lessons for children of ethnic minorities, of refugees and of citizens of other European Union or non-EU countries who live in Bulgaria.

The proposal is contained in what is termed a new state educational standard for teaching Bulgarian as a literary language, posted online by the Education Ministry.

It is envisaged that the plan would come into force on September 1 2016. The Bulgarian school year traditionally starts on September 15.

The plan covers children of the age of compulsory pre-school and school education.

For those younger than 16, not covered by the school system or who have prematurely left it, there will be courses in Bulgarian language and literature at lower secondary school level.

Additional training in Bulgarian language and literature will be given through additional classes outside the school curriculum during school hours and/or during the summer holidays, according to the needs of each pupil, according to the plan.

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