Education Minister presents priorities

EDUCATION Minister Ján Mikolaj announced 12 education sector priorities for the government’s four-year term.

He stated that improving the quality of education by learning and honouring national and Christian traditions, as well as supporting feelings of patriotism through new textbooks and fiction, represent the greatest challenges for the ministry.

Improving the status of teachers is another priority, in terms of both higher salaries and career growth. Education sector employees should get a new professional chamber and have their status defined in a new law, the SITA news agency wrote.

School financing will also be subject to change, since the minister plans to reconsider the operation of regional school offices.

An education sector reform is to be introduced through a revision to the Education Act. Mikolaj's proposal for education reform should be introduced no later than September 2007.

The minister also plans to officially introduce tuition fees for university education as of the 2007-2008 academic year. Students already pay unofficial tuition fees - as universities are prohibited from collecting fees for education, the fees are paid to third parties such as educational and training companies.

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