The President of the Republic of Srpska Željka Cvijanović attended the solemn academy on the occasion of the school patron saint of St. Sava today in Banja Luka Gymnasium.
On this occasion, the President of the Republic said that it was important to show respect every year for those who pointed out how important it is to work on literacy, enlightenment and acquiring knowledge.
“It is important that we gather each year and in some way show respect for those who pointed out how important it is to work on literacy, enlightenment, acquiring knowledge and in the end having certain knowledge”, said the President Cvijanović.
The President of the Republic said that it was important that in the coming period even more attention should be paid to the improvement of educational work.
“The Government of Srpska has done a lot in the previous period, but we still need a major step that involves modernisation so that those who finish secondary schools, and later the faculties, find more adequate jobs and more opportunities for employment”, said the President Cvijanović, and stressed that each country encounters the challenges of this type and it is difficult to harmonise the education system with the needs of the labor market since these needs are changing.
The Republic of Srpska President said she was satisfied since the salaries of educators are increased, as promised, and indicated that this was an increase of 8%, followed by other increases in order to achieve full harmonisation of the coefficients for all budget users.
Regarding the improvement of education conditions this year, the President Cvijanović said that it is necessary to go further with increasing salaries for teaching staff, but also to make visible progress in modernisation and stressed that the domestic education system is very good in all segments, from primary schools to the faculties, where pupils and students gain a lot of knowledge.
The President of Srpska believes that it is not necessary to modernise the teaching process on its own, but to find the answers to the general, global and social movements and to educate cadre about it.
“This means giving up some traditional routines, which showed good points, but today has come the time to educate our children so that they can get information as soon as possible, and not having exact information always in their head”, the President Cvijanović emphasized, adding that much has been done in the previous period, but that we have not moved that quickly to follow all the changes.
“However, we laid the foundations, made certain analyses and in the following period this means lots of things will have to be changed”, said the President Cvijanović, pointing out that now, after the struggle during the past few years with the consequences of the global economic crisis, the time has come for advanced steps to be done, which can be expected by all generations to be educated, but also teaching staff that will have to adapt to these needs.
The Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Srpska Natalija Trivić and Mayor of Banja Luka Igor Radojičić also attended the solemn academy on the occasion of St. Sava Day.