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Serbia: New elective activities for ISCED 2

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Serbia: New elective activities for ISCED 2

07 November 2022
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From the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, all basic education students can choose some of the elective activities offered by schools. Students in each grade on ISCED 2 level choose one of the three elective activities. It means that each student takes four different electives during the second cycle of basic education (ISCED 2).

As specified in the Amendments to the Bylaw on the teaching and learning plan for the 5th and 6th  grades of basic education and on the teaching and learning programme for the 5th and 6th  grades of basic education, there is a new Framework for Elective Activities introduced by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development.

Additionally, there are six electives divided into two groups that have been prepared and introduced by the Institute for the Improvement of Education.

  • Exercise for Health, Life Skills and Media Literacy are intended for students in the 5th and 6th grades,
  • Entrepreneurship, My Environment and Art are offered to 7th- and 8th-grade students.

Complementary to these elective activities, six programmes were prepared and introduced by professional associations:

  • Home Economics, Drawing, Painting and Sculpting, Nature Guardians, Living with Music and Save our Planet, offered to 5th- and 6th-grade students,
  • Philosophy with Children offered to 7th- and 8th-grade students.

In accordance with the same framework, schools can also offer other programmes to students, as well as elective activities that were introduced before the adoption of the new teaching and learning curriculum (e.g.: Folk Tradition and Chess).

Before choosing the programme, students and their parents are introduced to the offered programmes.. The chosen elective activities are compulsory options for students and the attainment level is expressed in accordance with the formative assessment procedure.

Although there is a logical correlation between some electives and corresponding compulsory activities, these programmes go beyond the context of extension of compulsory activities. The main purpose is to contribute to the attainment of general educational outcomes and the development of key and general cross-curricular competencies.

Source: Eurydice Unit Serbia

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