1. What is something that happened in your life, but that you wish had not happened?
2. What is something you don’t do, but you wish you could do?
3. What is something you don’t have, but you wish you had?
4. What is something you have to do, but you wish you didn’t have to do?
5. What do you wish were different about a student’s life?
Education system is composed of the following levels and types of education. A general secondary
education over a 9 year period of studies is compulsory. Children start their education at the age of 6 or 7,
depending on their psychological and physical condition. The last three years of secondary education can
be obtained in two types of secondary educational establishments - professional colleges and academic
lyceums. Both types of schools provide the general secondary education required for further education in
the universities. One more important principle, introduced into the National Program of Personnel
Training, is continuity of education. Education starts from pre-school age, continues for nine years of
obligatory schooling, and then for - additional three years. The new concept is aimed at raising the profile
of vocational education in the republic. It is foreseen, that approximately 80% of all pupils will go to
Professional Colleges upon completion of the mandatory 9 years’ studies in general secondary education.
These offer a three year secondary specialized syllabus leading to a range of specialized skills in a
selected trade. Those pupils, who go to Academic lyceums, are given the opportunity to raise their level
of knowledge in selected humanitarian, technical or agrarian subjects. Upon completion of the Lyceum
the student can either opt to pursue higher education or go directly into industry. Thus, students have a
total of 12 years of compulsory schooling under the new program. After that, there is a possibility of the
two-level higher education. Next postgraduate education comprises postgraduate studies to obtain a
degree of doctorate. The Ministry of Public Education and the Ministry of Higher and Secondary
Specialized Education share responsibility in the field of education. According to the National Program
for Personnel Training higher education is based on the secondary specialized education (academic
lyceum), vocational specialized education (professional college) and includes 2 levels: a Bachelor’s
degree level and Master’s degree level. The Bachelor’s degree level is a basic higher education providing
fundamental and applied knowledge according to specialty, with a period of study not less than 4 years.
Upon completion of the Bachelor’s program a graduate is conferred with the degree of bachelor and
granted a diploma of the state pattern, which entitles him to start professional activity. The Master‘s
degree level is higher education with fundamental and applied knowledge in a concrete field and lasts not
less than 2 years on the basis of the Bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree holders are given a diploma of the
state pattern, which entitles the holder to work in
certain field may apply for the corresponding Master’s course. Every 5 years the teaching staff of all
types of HEIs has to undergo short-term retraining or upgrading courses.