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School’s Out: How Pandemic Derailed North Macedonia’s Education

November 16, 2020

Original Article: https://balkaninsight.com/2020/10/01/schools-out-how-pandemic-derailed-north-macedonias-education/

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed just how unprepared the country’s under-resourced school system was to deal with an emergency.

The pandemic has surprised North Macedonia’s educational system much as an icy road would surprise a bus that was not regularly serviced.

In most cases, both the bus that is not regularly serviced and the one that is regularly inspected will do the job; on straight and dry roads, both vehicles will transport passengers safely.

However, all it takes is for the weather to surprise us once in ten years, and the bus with bad brakes and summer tires will lose control on the icy road.

That is what happened this spring to the country’s education system, which hasn’t been regularly and properly “serviced” for decades.

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