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Slovakia's schools drowning in almost 600 million in debt

Slovakia's schools are labouring under an almost 600 million crown debt, Slovak Education Minister Milan Ftacnik told journalists on June 7.

The most critical situations are in the Košice and Prešov regions (eastern Slovakia), where school debts have climbed as high as near 170 million crowns. The Education Ministry will come up with savings measures in the sector by the end of 1999, which may include merging some schools in regions.

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Grandson turns his blue-haired grandma into an Instagram sensation

President Zuzana Čaputová is one of her nearly 13,000 followers.

Photographer Marek Pupák takes pictures of his grandmother. He also created the blue.grandma profile on Instagram, where he posts the photos of her.

Roundup: Shoe boxes turn into Christmas gift boxes to cheer up lonely older people

People can fill and hand in their own box until December 6.

The White Night Festival takes place in Bratislava during Christmas.

Some schools will open on December 7

Matovič pushed through testing at schools, government is launching a pilot project this weekend.

PM Igor Matovič (front) and Education Minister Branislav Gröhling  (back)

Freed in the Kuciak murder case, guilty of another murder

The Specialised Criminal Court sends Alena Zsuzsová to prison for ordering the murder of former Hurbanovo mayor. She appealed against the verdict, insists she is innocent.

Alena Zsuzsová is escorted to the courtroom.