Education in the B&H society has been compromised by political decisions and is dominated by an ideological dimension, which has apparently swallowed up the basics and principles of the education process, creativity and any hint of critical thinking.
The three national educational systems make the young people the advocates of division and separation. The curricula are full of hidden pernicious influences, they are not objective, they are not impartial and they are not based on scientific facts. Twenty or more years after the war, the B&H society is sinking more and more to the bottom and faces the blatant abuse of the education system for political purposes. The education system is fragmented with the intention of shaping each of them to the extent and needs of a certain political group.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina there is a feudal phenomenon known as “two schools under one roof”. Such separation on the basis of nationality is not known in any European country and represents a particular shame for the B&H society.
Based on the results of three international surveys (TIMSS 2007, PISA 2018 and TIMSS 2019), we can also conclude that the educational system in B&H is very bad. Incidentally, we have nothing else to refer to, because the local official institutions neither investigate nor value, compare and evaluate it. The results of all three surveys show a devastating state of education systems in Bosnia and Herzegovina. TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) shows that we are far below the international average and that students from Bosnia and Herzegovina achieved significantly worse results than those achieved by students from the surrounding area.
B&H participated in the PISA survey for the first time in 2018. Out of 79 participating countries, Bosnia and Herzegovina was in the 72nd place, and according to these results, every second student is functionally illiterate. Communication skills, cooperation skills, socio-emotional competences, and entrepreneurial abilities are not recognized among the BiH students. “Good” result for a country of about 2.7 million inhabitants, with 12 ministries of education, numerous pedagogical institutes, advisers, ministers, assistants and sluggish bureaucratic institutions that take care of the education system of the country in which they operate.