Education in North Macedonia

The Constitution mandates free and compulsory primary and secondary education in the Republic of North Macedonia, and the Law on Primary Education specifies that all children from 6 to 15 years of age attend school for a compulsory 9 years. The Law on High School Education specifies that all adolescents from the ages of 15 - 19 must attend high school for 4 years (or 3 years - depending on the type of school)[2]

Education in the Republic of North Macedonia
Ministry of Education and Science
Minister of Education and Science[[]]
General details
Primary languagesMacedonian Albanian
Literacy (2015[1])
Total97.8 %
Male98.8 %
Female96.8 %

In 1996, the gross primary enrollment rate was 99.1 percent and the net primary enrollment rate was 95.3 percent.[2] Dropout rates for girls in primary and secondary school are high, particularly among ethnic Roma children.[2]


  1. CIA Factbook CIA Factbook North Macedonia
  2. "Macedonia" Archived 2008-10-12 at the Wayback Machine. Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor (2001). Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor (2002). This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
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