Minister of Education and Science, Mila Carovska, in a video address on Thursday thanked teachers, students and parents for the successful completion of the school year amid unprecedented conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The 2020/2021 school year was a challenge that we managed to tackle together. The students received quality teaching and an uninterrupted educational process, while their health, safety and well-being were protected, which was the biggest concern for all of us. All this wouldn’t have been possible without the selfless support and help from teachers and parents. I firmly believe that everything can be achieved with joint effort. Thanks to your joint contribution to the process, this has been proven once again. Even amid these conditions, we’ve created a cohesive, caring and supportive community with one goal – students to receive quality education, while their health and safety remain protected,” Carovska said.
The Minister pointed out that she’s particularly proud of the students who were the most affected. Although classroom teaching and direct communication with classmates and teachers can hardly be replaced, Carovska said, the students worked hard and showed high productivity and excellent results in distance learning.
“We’ll try to overcome together next year the knowledge gaps that necessarily appear due to the conditions in which the teaching takes place – the pandemic, as well as the new ways of learning, in order to provide successful schooling and good future for our children. Thank you for everything you have done to support a home learning environment. Balancing family and professional life is not always easy. As a parent of a primary school child, I am aware that distance learning was another family challenge we all faced. Thank you for your commitment and willingness to cooperate, which were an essential part of the successful implementation of this process,” said Carovska.
In addition, the Education Minister extended gratitude to all stakeholders in the educational process carried out through physical instruction in classrooms, for their consistent observance of the health precautions and protocols, by which they gave their contribution to containing the spread of COVID-19.