Why Does a School in Blagoevgrad Not Accept Roma Children?

The Commission for Protection against Discrimination initiated a proceeding upon its own decision because of a situation that has raised interest in the social networks related to the 9th Primary School in Blagoevgrad.

The school wrote on its Facebook page that it will not accept Roma children. The educational institution has between 12 and 14 seats for first-grade students.

The director Vasilka Velichkova explained that the announcement does not mean that the school will not accept Roma children at all, but that there are no more places for them.

According to the quota, up to two Roma children in a class are allowed. If there is more, there is a risk of secondary segregation and for the school to be closed. The Roma neighbourhood in Blagoevgrad stated that the children want to learn and the measures are discriminatory.

At the beginning of next week, the Report on the case will be presented to the CPD.

Petya Petrova

Petya Petrova is a journalist, believer, and traveler.

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