The National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Law on the Fundamentals of the Education System and the Law on Higher Education on 27 September.
The Law on the Fundamentals of the Education System is an umbrella educational law establishing the adoption of the National Education Framework as the basis for developing new curricula, but the new law also introduces novelties in the system of management and governance of institutions. Thus, principals will be selected solely based on their competences, with the final word on the selection to be had by the Minister. The law increases the responsibility of teachers for the quality of instruction, grading and actions in cases of violations of prohibitions, violence and discrimination. It also establishes that teachers retire with 65 years of age.
Some of the novelties envisaged by the Law on Higher Education are that the condition for ranking for enrolment to the next student year within the quota covered by the budget is 48 ECTS, along with the formation of an Employers’ Council at every higher education institution, in order to establish a link between higher education and business. The law also improves the system of accreditation through establishing a National Accreditation Body, new standards are being introduced, along with the procedure for objections and procedures for issuing work permits and the enrolment of students only after completing accreditation.