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New education bill passed

Parliament has passed a new education bill in the form preferred by Education Minister Ján Mikolaj (SNS). Mikolaj said: “teachers must prepare for tasks resulting from the law [because] from September the whole reform process will start." According to the minister, full implementation of the reform will take four years, the SITA newswire wrote. The whole reform process is about giving teachers space for more independence, Mikolaj said, adding that it is up to teachers how they use this opportunity. The Education Ministry has started organising initial meetings with teachers, where the state education system is explained. Last week, assistance to help schools prepare education programmes was approved, and methodology and pedagogy centers will also organise seminars. “We are going to dedicate ourselves to teachers over the next four years,” Mikolaj said.

Parliament has passed a new education bill in the form preferred by Education Minister Ján Mikolaj (SNS). Mikolaj said: “teachers must prepare for tasks resulting from the law [because] from September the whole reform process will start." According to the minister, full implementation of the reform will take four years, the SITA newswire wrote. The whole reform process is about giving teachers space for more independence, Mikolaj said, adding that it is up to teachers how they use this opportunity. The Education Ministry has started organising initial meetings with teachers, where the state education system is explained. Last week, assistance to help schools prepare education programmes was approved, and methodology and pedagogy centers will also organise seminars. “We are going to dedicate ourselves to teachers over the next four years,” Mikolaj said.

The new education bill will bring much confusion and chaos to schools, says opposition MP Tatiana Rosová (SDKÚ-DS). According to her, some of the bill do not resolve issues but complicate them considerably. She emphasised that none of the opposition's proposals were accepted, not even those that would have eliminated nonsensical elements of the bill. According to Ferdinand Devínsky (SDKÚ-DS, and a former rector of Comenius University in Bratislava), the bill is “one big catastrophe, a centralist system, which will throw us back to before 1989.” He believes that the chairmen of the opposition parties will definitely consider meeting the president to request that he not sign the bill and return it to parliament. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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