A group of coalition MPs from Most-Híd, Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) and the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) opposes the idea of having the state symbols on display in each and every school classroom, a requirement that was introduced by the former government, the TASR newswire wrote.
A grouping from these three parties – though not joined by MPs from the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) – submitted a proposal in parliament on Monday, October 18, to remove these requirements.
The group of MPs, headed by MP Ondrej Dostál (Most-Híd), argued that the obligation for schools to install three prescribed objects (graphic displays of the national flag, the text of the national anthem and the Constitution's Preamble) represents a specious use of the state symbols rather than an act of teaching patriotism.
"Let there be national flags and texts of the anthem and the Preamble in every school. But not in every classroom," Dostál told TASR.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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19. Oct 2010 at 10:00