Minister unhappy about growing number of private schools

EDUCATION Minister Ján Mikolaj is unhappy with the growing number of private schools in Slovakia. As of the school year starting in September 2006, 80 new schools are to be opened, the majority of which will be private.

The minister plans to take steps against private schools, although he has not specified what action he intends, the Pravda daily wrote.

Of the new schools to be opened this year, 23 will be secondary schools, 16 elementary and 20 kindergartens.

According to Mikolaj, the dramatic increase in non-state schools is caused by the existing system of financing, which he claims gives private schools an advantage over public schools.

Private schools receive the same subsidy from the state as public schools, but are also entitled to collect tuition fees.

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