Government to release extra funds for education

THE SLOVAK government will release at least Sk500 million (€13.3 million) to the regional school system, which includes elementary and secondary schools, ahead of the June 17 national elections.

Although the government, particularly Finance Minister Ivan Mikloš, has recently tightened its fiscal policy and has been extremely reluctant to spend money, this time the minister decided to meet the schools' demands. He denied, however, that the largesse had anything to do with the fact that general elections are two months away, the Pravda daily wrote.

Of the Sk500 million sum, Sk300 million should go towards increasing teachers' wages.

Former Education Minister Martin Fronc called the funding release a pre-election move from the government, and specifically from Mikloš' Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ).

"In the past, the finance minister was not so generous to schools," Fronc said.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

News digest: Lockdown not out of the question, PM Matovič says

The overview of news from Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

PM Igor Matovič says lockdown is still in play.

A curfew for those who refuse testing? Lawyers and president have doubts

The government risks the Constitutional Court canceling the nationwide testing.

Illustrative stock photo

The cabinet approves plan for permanent kurzarbeit

The new fund is expected to be introduced from 2022.

Labour Minister Milan Krajniak