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Cabinet adopts bill to modernise Slovak education

THE MODERNISATION of teaching in Slovak primary and secondary schools is moving a little closer. The Slovak cabinet on March 5 adopted a bill revamping the education system in schools, the ČTK newswire wrote.

THE MODERNISATION of teaching in Slovak primary and secondary schools is moving a little closer. The Slovak cabinet on March 5 adopted a bill revamping the education system in schools, the ČTK newswire wrote.

Experts claim students are taught too much information which is of little practical use. As well as reducing this burden, the bill will also lower the number of students in classes.

The bill will replace legislation from 1984, which most experts regard as obsolete. Education Minister Ján Mikolaj would like to have the bill approved by parliament in May in order for it to be valid in time for the next school year.

Mikolaj promised to complete work within two months on state educational programmes, which will set out the mandatory elements of the school curriculum, according to the SITA newswire. Schools will then prepare their own programmes, which will follow the state programmes.

Mikolaj's predecessors have previously tried to push through a more modern schools bill, but failed.

Mikolaj's critics claim that the reform has not been prepared properly and that it won't bring in genuinely positive changes. They are calling on him to withdraw the new legislation

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