New Academic Year in Schools: Innovations in the Curriculum and Schedule

Summer holidays are over, and a new academic year began on 3 September 2018 for 257,369 Slovenian schoolchildren. Among them, there are 184,169 pupils of basic schools and 73,200 students of secondary schools and gymnasiums. For 21,874 first-graders and 19,600 students of secondary schools and gymnasiums, this academic year has become the first in their studies. The basic schools of the country held celebratory assemblies.

In the new academic year, three working Saturdays are provided, while the New Year and the May Day holidays will be longer.

The acting Prime Minister Miro Cerar visited the First Gymnasium and the First Basic School in Celje. He also took part in a solemn ceremony to celebrate the beginning of the academic year at the European School of Ljubljana, which this year has held its first enrolment of students.

The majority of this year’s innovations will affect basic schools. In 144 basic schools, an experimental extended curriculum will be introduced. In 125 basic schools, pupils will attend additional classes in physical culture and health lessons.

According to the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, in 19 basic schools, in addition to the experimental expanded curriculum, two foreign languages will be taught in 7–9 grades, while for first-graders, with parental consent, it will be compulsory to study one foreign language.

Significant changes will affect the work schedule of teachers, who from now on will work strictly 40 hours a week. Their duties will now be planned and recorded more clearly.

In secondary schools, changes apply to adult students. As previously reported, now parents will need to receive a consent from children to see their marks at school. The apprenticeship programme has also been expanded.