Macedonians pretended to be Roma to get a scholarship, but the MES exposed them

After the inspection of the applications of the candidates for scholarships for Roma students for the academic year 2023/2024, through direct contact to ensure the regularity of the student and validation of the declaration of ethnicity to public and private universities, it was found that from the total number of applications ( 149), eight of the candidates signed a statement that they were members of the Roma ethnic community, while when enrolling in a higher education institution they were registered as full-time students, but were declared as members of other ethnic communities, the Ministry of Education. The Ministry of Education and science, awards scholarships for Roma students which are also public policy and are defined in the Law on Student Standards from the academic year 2015/2016.

Funds for scholarships for Roma students are fully provided by a special budget program of the Ministry of Education and Culture, intended to support the education of Roma, and the purpose of the same is to award them exclusively to members of the Roma ethnic community.

Thanks to this public policy, the number of Roma students in the past 11 years has been increasing significantly, and this is evidenced by the fact that during the academic year 2015/2016 a Competition for the awarding of 30 scholarships was announced, and this academic year 2023/2024 the MES announced Competition for awarding 135 scholarships for Roma students.

All Roma students who meet the conditions for receiving this scholarship have been regularly paid and are currently awaiting the payment of the scholarship for the month of May 2024.



Arrival of Roma in Europe?

There are no relieable accounts of the Asian and early European history of the Roma, but only hints, the interpretation of which, to a large extent, is still a topic of scholarly discussion. Perhaps we will never know for sure why, how, or even when the Roma settled in Europe for the first time. In this regard, the period from 1200 to 1500 brings about important changes: from the 14th century onwards, at the latest, the contemporary evidence states without doubt that the people and groups mentioned were definitely Roma. It is generally agreed that the Roma had already been living in the European parts of the Byzantine Empire before the 13th century. However, it remains unclear, when exactly the first Roma moved northwards from their settlements in Greece. Similarly, we do not know why and in what numbers they left the Byzantine Empire. Most probably, single groups had been moving north from the mid-14th century onwards. At first, the documents do not necessarily point to Roma, and could be read as evidence of other groups of people. From 1385 onwards, however, we have reliable evidence of the Roma in Wallachia, in today’s Romania. From that time on, the Roma are mentioned more and more frequently; these documents show how groups of Roma explored the European mainland. Already in 1435, the Roma were well-known in most European cities. [Ill. 1] Knowledge of the newly arrived people did not increase in the same way as the number of accounts about them. There are mentions of letters of safe conduct by emperors, kings, and the pope, and about pilgrim legends, which were to assure a friendly reception in the late Middle Ages, strongly shaped by Christianity. Services like fortune telling and palmistry or dishonest skills like pickpocketing are also mentioned – the settled Europeans saw only what they were meant to see. Or what they wanted to see: Many of the earliest sources accuse the Roma of immorality and godlessness, or of espionage for the Turks, and, in general, paint a picture of a “treacherous” and “disloyal” people, however, without any evidence. The earliest European accounts thus shape a clear picture of the Roma; it is, however, a distorted picture, a caricature, which still shapes the non-Roma’s picture of the Roma until today



Public call for financial support for primary and secondary school students

Public call for financial support for primary and secondary school students whose families have a total monthly income of net salary up to MKD 50,000. Financial support in the amount of 1,800 denars for students from secondary education, ie 1,200 for students in primary education.

All students from primary and secondary education who meet the following conditions are invited:

  1. To be citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia;
  2. To be regular students in primary or secondary education;
  3. To be students whose families have a total monthly income of net salary up to MKD 50,000.

Students should register at the school in which they are enrolled.

Registration deadline from December 18 to 24, 2023.

The results of the competition for scholarships for Roma students have been published

All scholarship recipients should download, print and complete two copies of the contract no later than the end of this week.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Education and Science (MES) announced the results of the competition for awarding scholarships to full-time Roma students enrolled in first-cycle studies at public and private higher education institutions in the country for the academic year 2023/2024.

According to the results, 122 students meet the conditions for receiving a scholarship, while a total of 135 scholarships were provided in the competition.

All scholarship recipients should download, print and fill in two copies of the contract and deliver it to the address of the Ministry of Education and Culture - ul. "St. Cyril and Methodius" no. 54, 1000, Skopje, no later than Sunday, December 17.

The results can be found at this link, while contracts to be signed by students can be downloaded from here.

The amount of scholarships for Roma students is MKD 6,000 (about 100 euros) per month for nine months during one academic year.



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