High school students have taken to the streets across Macedonia in their thousands to protest high stakes testing in the country. A report on the excellent website Global Voices, gives details of the protests which took place in several different cities, including the capital, Skopje. 

The protests follow successful sustained mass actions by university students and teachers against similar 'reforms' in higher education. The high school students say that the tests are unfair, that they do not represent their achievements or desires and that they are used to bully them and their teachers, since they face salary and other consequences if the scores are low.

Like their colleagues in many other parts of the world, the students are highly organised and have been able to resist 'dirty tricks' by the government, including curculating fake leaflets and spreading false propaganda about them. Sad to say, according to the same report, some teachers have also attempted to bully students into not taking part by threatening them with bad grades or worse.

However many teachers joined Sunday's protests and earlier this year they were out in their thousands against low pay and high stakes testing, despite bullying by the government and the employment of substitute teachers in an attempt to break the strike. Teachers in the country have some of the lowest pay in Europe, some earning beneath the minimum wage of $330 a month. The new arrangements mean that teachers can for example be fined $56 if their pupil assessments differ from those of external evaluators.

High school students in Macedonia are fighting the very same issues that thousands across the US and elsewhere are facing and struggling against. It's time for real global solidarity against the forces which are driving these changes - the corporates like Pearson and their friends in the World Bank and the OECD.