PRESIDENT Andrej Kiska had lunch at a reform school in Hlohovec with Ombudswoman Jana Dubovcová, the centre’s director Viktor Vicen and four pupils on August 5. The lunch took place following the ombudswoman’s recent findings regarding the lack of money allocated for food in such facilities, the TASR newswire reported.

Kiska also welcomed the August 4 decision of Education Minister Peter Pellegrini to increase the amount of money for food for the youths from €3 to €3.6. He appreciated Dubovcová’s work, which helps restore trust in the state.

“She opens difficult issues that need to be solved,” the president said, as quoted by TASR.

He added that it was useful to meet at the place where the problem of the lack of food was first reported. In addition to lunch, he also took a tour of the centre, which currently houses 48 youths.

Dubovcová said she will continue to monitor the situation in this area.

“Time will show how this increased sum will cover the needs of the children,” she said, as quoted by TASR, adding she is glad that the minister responded to her request.

The ombudswoman said increasing the sum for food was only the first step, and there are still many unresolved issues in the area of reform schools that need to be addressed, as reported by TASR.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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