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State may keep regional school control longer

EDUCATION Minister Martin Fronc agrees with education unions that schools should be administered by the state instead of municipalities for a longer than planned after fiscal decentralisation.

"Now is a time of reform that brings with it many problems, uncertainty, and a little bit of chaos as well" emphasised Minister Fronc. He added that the Association of Towns and Municipalities had to agree with the unions before the plan could be put into action.

However, the association does not have a united opinion on the issue. Its vice chairman, Jozef Turčányi, agrees with state control, but Chairman Michal Sýkora told the SME daily that there was no need for such a temporary solution.

The parliament will discuss the fiscal decentralisation this autumn and, according to Sýkora, the main advantage of the new system is that municipalities will receive more money than the state budget proposal currently suggests.

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