Elementary school students in Serbia lag significantly behind their peers in neighboring countries — with the gap reaching up to two school years of primary education, according to Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests. Serbian Atlas Network partner Libertarian Club Libek recently discussed its study of the efficiency of elementary education system in Serbia with members of the parliament, and presented a policy paper calling for introduction of school choice in the Serbian elementary school system.
“The school system in Serbia costs the parents significant sums of money which they pay through different taxes and private tutoring fees,” Libertarian Club Libek wrote. “At the same time, parents stay excluded from the decision making process. The funding for education mostly goes to teachers' salaries, and is distributed in a way which is not fair and efficient. Very small amounts are invested in development.”
Some of the most prominent MPs within both the Serbian government and the opposition have provided constructive feedback to Libertarian Club Libek’s research and proposals, and indicated their willingness to further discuss education reform and assist with next steps.