For a second year, the Ministry of Education and Science distributes additional funds for working with children and students from vulnerable groups to kindergartens and schools with high concentration. In 2019, the secondary school students and vocational school students are also included. How are those funds determined and what are the new things compared to the previous year?
The texts regulating additional funds for working with children and pupils from vulnerable groups, in particular Art. 52a and 52b of the Financing Ordinance and the tables attached to them were updated by Council of Ministers Decree 289 / 12.12.2018, published in SG. 105 / 18.12.2018, p. 50; - the list of schools and kindergartens receiving additional funding for 2019 is available on the MES website.
1. The funds are obtained on the basis of the information of number of all children / pupils, trained in a daily form, submitted to NEISPUO in the working card "Environment characteristics";
2. In 2019 funds shall be received on the basis of the information submitted to NEISPUO by 28 February 2019. Schools and kindergatens which have not submitted up-to-date information in 2018 or by 28th of February 2019 shall not receive those funds even if they are highly concentrated and have received such funding in 2018. In 2020, additional funds will be invested to work with children and students from vulnerable groups, using the information from July 2019.
What is new in 2019?
From 2019 Vocational schools and all other schools teaching high school students will receive funding to work with vulnerable groups, similar to primary schools. In 2018, for the first time, the MES distributed nearly BGN 24 million to schools and kindergartens to work with children and students from vulnerable groups. They only concerned learners up to seventh grade, with primary and secondary schools receiving additional funding for only the primary students. From 2019, resources will be provided for both primary and secondary level, with standards for primary classes remaining the same, and for upper secondary classes twice as low.
Amendment to Art. 52 a explicitly allows the kindergarten or the school to use those funds to outsource part of the external activities to NGOs, and the funds are provided only for the labor costs of the employees for the implementation of the specific activities.
The changes in Art. 52a and 52b were proposed by Amalipe Center and the schools included in the "Every Student Will Be a Winner" network, and Minister Valchev supported them during a meeting with Roma Integration Network organizations in September 2018.