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Mikolaj suggests placing Slovak and Hungarian place names side-by-side

Education Minister Ján Mikolaj recommended on October 28 that a recent controversy over school books for ethnic minorities be resolved by writing geographical names in Slovak, adding a slash, followed by the name in Hungarian.

Education Minister Ján Mikolaj recommended on October 28 that a recent controversy over school books for ethnic minorities be resolved by writing geographical names in Slovak, adding a slash, followed by the name in Hungarian.

Mikolaj said the books’ publishers didn't raise any questions or objections to this proposal. He added that the publisher that printed the Homeland Studies textbooks with only Slovak names in the main text and the Hungarian versions at the back decided to do so on its own initiative.

The controversy began when the ethnic-Hungarian SMK party criticised the books, charging that students in schools for the Hungarian minority find it confusing when only Slovak geographical names are used. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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