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Slovakia’s education minister wants universities to limit student numbers

Education Minister Ján Mikolaj (SNS) believes that too many secondary school graduates in Slovakia are admitted to universities. According to him, it is important to focus on quality rather than quantity.

Education Minister Ján Mikolaj (SNS) believes that too many secondary school graduates in Slovakia are admitted to universities. According to him, it is important to focus on quality rather than quantity.

“We have 75 to 85 percent of students at universities,” said Mikolaj as cited by the SITA newswire. “We are number one in the European Union, which is not good, as our universities are overcrowded.”

The ministry wants to decrease these numbers.

“Our objective is to reduce this number to about 55 to 60 percent,” said the minister.

This opinion is in contradiction to the minister’s statements from June when Mikolaj asked universities to admit an additional 5,000 high school graduates and 300 postgraduate students. He said at that time that it was an extraordinary measure in times of economic crisis to save a portion of graduates from having to register as unemployed at labour offices. SITA

Compiled by Jana Liptáková from press reports
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