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Education Ministry to submit draft revision of University Act by March

EDUCATION Minister Ján Mikolaj plans to submit a revision to the University Act to cabinet by March 2007, and among other things to introduce tuition fees.

The amendment would officially allow part-time university students to be charged fees, as well as permit schools to collect fees from students who study at several universities at the same time, or take more than the regulation period to complete their studies.

According to the Hospodárske Noviny daily, school fees for one academic year could reach a maximum of Sk86,000, while the average charge would be around Sk30,000.

Mikolaj's predecessor, Martin Fronc, did not manage to have tuition fees approved under the previous right-wing government. However, Mikolaj is confident he can achieve this goal, even under the current nominally left-wing coalition.

"There is agreement within the coalition [on this issue]," the minister said.

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