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President vetoes University Act revision

PRESIDENT Ivan Gašparovič has returned to parliament an amendment to the University Act drafted by Smer MP Mojmír Mamojka which parliament had approved on March 9, the SITA newswire reported.

PRESIDENT Ivan Gašparovič has returned to parliament an amendment to the University Act drafted by Smer MP Mojmír Mamojka which parliament had approved on March 9, the SITA newswire reported.

Gašparovič asked parliament to reject the legislation outright. He said that he does not agree with Mamojka’s argument that it is the lack of university study programme guarantors, who are now subject to an age limit of 65 years that is endangering the education of future students or students already enrolled. Gašparovič opined that increasing the age limit for university programme guarantors to 70 years is not the proper solution.

“One solution is to create such conditions for the work of a university professor that will considerably improve his or her social status and remuneration,” the president said, as quoted by SITA. The rectors of several Slovak universities and some other higher education institutions vigorously opposed the amendment to the University Act tailored by Mamojka.

They objected to the fact that the draft interfered with the ongoing process of accreditation of higher education institutions.


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