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Education Minister wants to target poor-quality universities and colleges

The Education Ministry is preparing a mechanism which it believes could eliminate schools with poor results, with the minister stating: "We will let into the system every higher educational institution which offers better quality than schools at the tail of the current ladder and will set the system in the way that the schools at the bottom drop out," as quoted by the SITA newswire.

The Education Ministry is preparing a mechanism which it believes could eliminate schools with poor results, with the minister stating: "We will let into the system every higher educational institution which offers better quality than schools at the tail of the current ladder and will set the system in the way that the schools at the bottom drop out," as quoted by the SITA newswire.

Slovakia currently has 34 higher educational institutions, universities and colleges, including a new school that was approved last week. The most threatened schools will be those with insufficient results in publishing citations in current academic journals or in research and science.

The ministry is also considering prolonging the permitted period of external study by a year at least. "When those students attend the school less, I can deduce based on it that attendance should be longer," said Jurzyca, as quoted by SITA.

The ministry has already proposed that universities with better performance in citations in academic journals will receive 3.5-times more in funding in 2011. The Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport is also expected to prepare a new system for accreditation of university professors in the coming months.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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