Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Report from NGOs says Roma students face segregated classrooms

Segregation of Roma students takes place in Slovakia and the government still has not changed the situation in practice, said the authors of “Answers to Questions Concerning the (Un)Segregation of Roma Pupils in the Slovak Education System” on March 28 as reported by the TASR newswire. The authors said Roma students who are placed in special schools with disabled children receive a lower quality education and learn from significantly reduced curricula. "If we want to stop this, good education legislation is needed," said Vlado Rafael of the Open Society Foundation, as quoted by TASR.

Segregation of Roma students takes place in Slovakia and the government still has not changed the situation in practice, said the authors of “Answers to Questions Concerning the (Un)Segregation of Roma Pupils in the Slovak Education System” on March 28 as reported by the TASR newswire.

The authors said Roma students who are placed in special schools with disabled children receive a lower quality education and learn from significantly reduced curricula. "If we want to stop this, good education legislation is needed," said Vlado Rafael of the Open Society Foundation, as quoted by TASR.

According to Laco Oravec from the Milan Šimečka Foundation, Roma children who leave Slovakia with their parents achieve better results abroad. "This is also about the ability of a school to work with every child," said Oravec.

The Government Proxy for Roma Communities, Miroslav Pollák, admitted last year that segregation of Roma children does exist in Slovakia’s school system, stating also that this tendency receives support from various quarters, including from among Roma parents who place their children in segregated classes.

The government of Iveta Radičová obliged itself in its programme statement to introduce measures aimed at tackling segregation at schools and increasing Roma student's chances of integrating into society via better education.

The publication released on March 28 was written by 15 authors from nine non-governmental organisations.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

LGBTI people in the regions: We change people’s minds

Bratislava will dress up in rainbow colours this August again, for the seventh time. This will be for the Bratislava Dúhový Pride diversity festival. But the colours of the rainbow are less bright in the regions,…

Slovakia’s LGBTI community seeks to expand their rights.

Things that make us different also make us stronger

On August 19, a rainbow flag will fly over the US Embassy in Bratislava to represent the firm commitment of the United States to defending the human rights of LGBTI people, writes Ambassador Sterling.

The rainbow flag flew over the US Embassy in Bratislava in 2016.

Blog: 5 things you should do on your visit to the north of Slovakia Photo

Here is a list of tips by an experienced tour guide - including things you have probably not tried before.

Bratislava growing high Photo

High-rise buildings sprouting up in Bratislava

Visualisation of the future skyline of Bratislava