THE SLOVAK Parliament halted the reform of the education system when deputies turned down the law on student loans, which would have instituted tuition fees in Slovakia, the daily SME wrote.
Two votes were lacking for the adoption of the bill, which evoked fiery debate among education experts and protest among the students.
Education Minister Martin Fronc talked about a lost battle, but said he still believed the reform would take place.
According to political analyst Michal Vašecka, this is the first time a serious reform has failed to go through.
Fronc said the failure would damage both students and the Slovak university system.
Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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18. Jun 2004 at 10:19