Two Roma teachers who had been rejected by several schools in preference for less qualified non-Roma applicants have now been offered jobs which match their qualifications.
The university-educated sisters from the municipality of Lubeník were offered positions at the private St Elisabeth’s College, which specialises in health care and social services, the Sme daily wrote on October 6. The former rector of the college, Vladimír Krčméry, read about their story in Sme and decided to help them. Some of the college’s branches, e.g. in Banská Bystrica and Košice, have launched courses covering Roma issues and have been searching for qualified lecturers and graduates. “In Košice, we currently have a hundred Roma students. For them, it is ideal to have Roma lecturers as well,” Krčméry said.
“I am grateful that there are people who help others in need. This is a very attractive offer for me, and I would be interested,” Viera Samková said on October 5. During her job search Samková had been employed temporarily by Labour Minister State Secretary (i.e. deputy minister) Lucia Nicholsonová, who hired her as an external advisor for the education sphere.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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6. Oct 2010 at 14:00