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Proposal made to start free kindergarten education for Roma children

Slovakia’s Office of Government Proxy for Roma has prepared a project for schooling of Roma children that proposes continual schooling from pre-school grades until adulthood, the Sme daily wrote in its June 21 issue.

Slovakia’s Office of Government Proxy for Roma has prepared a project for schooling of Roma children that proposes continual schooling from pre-school grades until adulthood, the Sme daily wrote in its June 21 issue.

The office updated its Decade of Roma Inclusion action plan for and the document is now undergoing interdepartmental review. The office stated that until now rather general goals were proposed instead of specific tasks and measurable results.

The recent proposal states that pre-school education would be free. Others advocate making pre-school education compulsory in order to prepare Roma children for the requirements of public schools.

Irena Biháriová of the People against Racism NGO would welcome if Roma children would no longer be required to repeat the same classes several times. She also said that instead of promoting and preserving Roma culture and language the projects should concentrate more on solving elementary economic and social problems of Roma citizens.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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