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Cabinet approves school fees

The cabinet at its regular sitting October 31 approved tuition fees for part-time university study programmes, a departure from Slovakia's traditionally free education.

Cabinet also approved the creation of a tax investigation office which will focus on the tax returns filed by larger corporations in an attempt to ensure better tax discipline.

The education reform has been criticised by experts who feel the only way to shore up the crumbling system is to charge money for all forms of university schooling.

They say the new fees will only encourage corruption in the process of deciding who is accepted to free courses.

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