Adding elective courses to your curricula

  • Find it in the Law:
    Administrative Instruction 32/2013 of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, “Organization of curricula with election at all levels of pre-university education”.
  • Who is responsible:
    You, your parents and your school
  • Who can help me:
    Your Parents, Municipal Department of Education

You are interested in a certain subject, but it is not offered by your educational institution as a separate subject or module, and it is not part of the core curricula. As a pupil, you have the right to propose and then choose elective courses, and the school has the autonomy to adjust its curricula based on student or parent preferences.

A proposal for elective courses, modules or projects can be made by students, parents the community, teachers. The proposal to add such electives to the next school year has to be made during the period February-March. A list of modules is then put up for debate by the school, and in April each class year states their preferences. The school can decide to add up to two modules. The Municipal Department of Education is obliged to approve the changes by June. In cases where a module is selected from the existing list of the Ministry of Education, the Ministry has to ensure the resources and to offer teacher training. If there is no teacher in the school who can lecture in the subject, then the Municipal Department of Education has to start the process of hiring a new teacher.

If the school is unresponsive to requests for elective courses, then you and your parents could try and address a complaint to the Municipal Department of Education or the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

  

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