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Macedonia Tweaks Cabinet as Minister Quits

June 1, 2013

Macedonian government is headed for a mini-reshuffle after the education minister Pance Kralev resigned on Tuesday following a controversial reform.

Sinisa Jakov Marusic, Balkan Insight, 28.05.2013

 

Macedonian government | Photo by: vlada.mk

Macedonia’s new education minister will be Spiro Ristovski, until now minister for labour and social policy.

Ristovski’s place will be filled by Dime Spasov, a newcomer in the cabinet of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and currently head of the City of Skopje’s cadaster.

In his resignation letter, Kralev noted “personal and family reasons”, the government press service said, the usual formula employed for government reshuffles.

But his resignation coincides with what many deem as a highly problematic start to a key educational reform, known as “external evaluation”.

On Monday, high schools in many areas experienced problems with the software that was needed for a nationwide evaluation of graduates. The delay in some cases postponed the testing for a day.

The tests carried out by the ministry are designed to show whether data on student grades in schools is accurate.

The testing was ordered despite protests from some students and parents who dismissed the measure as a waste of time and effort.

Along with the reshuffle, Prime Minister Gruevski has appointed a new minister without portfolio, Dzeri Naumof, also in charge of attracting investment.

The names of the new proposed ministers have been submitted to parliament and are expected to go up for discussion from Wednesday.

They are expected to pass parliament where Gruevski’s VMRO DPMNE-led coalition has a solid majority of seats.

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