OHRID HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS PROTEST
Some 400 high school graduates massed in downtown Ohrid on Monday in a protest of the introduction of compulsory matriculation exam, Makfax correspondent said.
"We protest against the introduction of matriculation examination," said Boban Pashoski, the head of high-school organization of "Sveti Kliment Ohridski" High School. He added that the incumbent prime minister claimed last year that the generation due to complete high school in 2008 will be exempt from matriculation exam.
"We protest because we are not prepared enough to take the exam. We study under old curriculum and we have improper textbooks to get ready for matriculation exam in line with European standards, and we study in line with Macedonian standards," Pashoski said.
He added that the high-school students should have been told back in the 1st grade that they are to take the final exam in the 4th grade.
MD: In the course of today's peaceful protests, Ohrid's marchlands walked across the central part of the city and stopped briefly outside the City Council's building.