Blagoevgrad students have the chance to choose where they are going to study from a large number of colleges. Actually the city has good educational offerings. However, quantity and quality are not the same.
In Blagoevgrad primary´s schools, pupils learn Writing, Reading, Music, Drawing, Sport, and English. The methods are basically the same as in all primary schools around the world. For example, in English lessons the goal is teach the children the alphabet “repeating the sounds and remembering a card with some picture of it and associated item, listening to easily remembered songs with a few common words and so on,” as declared Boryana Petrova who received her full education in Blagoevgrad.
In the next higher the courses are more specialized. Some of them are Bulgarian, English, Literature, Math and Natural sciences. The students have 7 hours per day, and their lessons consist only of English lessons, Math, Literature, Sport, Music and Art.
The students are distributed in small groups. So each pupil may receive as much attention as possible from the teacher. Veselina Apostolov, an English professor at Blagoevgrad´s high school said that her biggest class has 28 students, and the smallest 23.”
High schools are specialized in different education ranches. A student can choose between: Foreign Language High School, a Math high school, an Economics High School, a Professional High School for Architecture.
There are also some quality differences among the Blagoevgrad education institutions. “In my opinion the level of the education –at my high school- is relatively high compared to other schools,” said Venelina Miteva who studied Mathematical and Science School “Acad. Sergei Koroliov”. The high school entrance exams used to define the best schools of the city holds Boryana Petrova who studied in Foreign Language High School “Academic Lyudmil Stoyanov”. . “Students are obliged to take two exams, in Literature and MathShe holds also that Bulgarian educational level is approximately the same level than the others students around Europe. “Bulgarian students are having the same grades as the European students.”
When the time to go to university arrives, the Blagoevgrad students will be well prepared. “Teachers were very strict and we had papers and quizes all the time, as we do now in University” declared Venelina Miteva.
When the students finished de high school, in addition to be well prepared, they have the chance to go to university without leaving Blagoevgrad. There are two universities in the city: American University in Bulgaria and South West University.
Although the educational level is pretty good, the interviewees propose some improvements. All of them think that it is really important to improve about new technologies and multimedia resources. Venelina Miteva thinks that for motivate the students; they could be granted prizes for good achievements.
Listen below the interview with Veselina Apostolov, an English professor at Blagoevgrad´s high school: