Education Minister Ján Mikolaj does not agree with the intention of ethnic-Hungarian party SMK to submit the disputed textbooks - meant for ethnic-Hungarian schools that do not contain the Hungarian place-names alongside the official Slovak names - to the European Parliament, he told the TASR newswire on October 8.
According to Mikolaj, it is "a clear intervention of politics into the education system." He insists the much discussed textbooks are published in accordance with law.
SMK is proposing to amend the Education Act over the case involving these textbooks that do not contain the Hungarian place-names alongside the official Slovak names, only an appendix with a glossary featuring the Hungarian names. The textbooks was one of the issues Hungarian Foreign Affairs Minister Kinga Gőncz brought up during her meeting with Juraj Migaš, Slovak ambassador to Hungary, last week in Budapest. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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9. Oct 2008 at 7:30