Country information for Bulgaria - Financing of inclusive education systems

The Lifelong Learning Programme and the national EU-funded Operational Programmes, such as the Human Resources Development Operational Programme, are some of the European educational programmes that offer funding schemes used for education (source: Eurydice, 2012a).

Primary and basic schools receive 90% of their funding from municipalities. The funding for art and culture schools and for schools for learners with SEN follows specific standards. Vocational schools are 90% state-owned.

Schools have financial autonomy through ‘delegated budgets’. The state budget covers social benefits, like dormitories and canteens. Free textbooks are available for learners from grades 1 to 7 in public and private schools. Learners without parents or with one parent, learners from low-income families and learners with results during the last school term higher than 5.50 out of 6.00 can receive financial support as scholarships after completion of the eighth grade. Private schools follow the same regulations and organise the learning process in the same way as the public ones. They may apply by project for state funding (source: Eurydice, 2012a).

Starting from 2014, new public grants with a value of 390 million Bulgarian leva, under the Regions in Growth 2014–2020 Operational Programme, were offered to improve facilities in educational institutions and the quality of inclusive pre-school and school education.

 

Last updated 14/02/2018

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