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Mečiar makes deal on tuition fees

TUITION FEES for part-time students are no longer a problem for the Movement for a Democratic Slovakia (HZDS). HZDS leader Vladimír Mečiar reached an agreement with Education Minister Ján Mikolaj, a nominee of HZDS' co-ruling Slovak National Party, on June 26 about revisions that would establish tuition fees for part-time students, the Pravda daily wrote.

Mečiar, whose party had not previously expressed any problems with the bill, told his ruling coalition colleagues on June 19 that his party would not back the draft if it made part-time students pay for their studies. The HZDS said that the party had "grave reservations" towards the bill.

The Slovak parliament will deal with the revision during its current session.

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