Placing Roma children in boarding schools to boost their education is not a good idea and an all-day education system should be launched instead, said MP Peter Pollák from the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OĽaNO) party at a press conference on April 23, the TASR newswire wrote.
Pollák said that education is the key to resolving Roma issues and it should be projected in the government manifesto, saying that unlike Prime Minister Robert Fico, he does not agree with a proposal to set up boarding schools for Roma children. He said OĽaNO’s proposal would not only be cheaper but would also ensure that Roma children are not cut off from their parents.
"It's a system that allows a child to come to school at half past seven in the morning and go home again at five in the afternoon," stated Pollák, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
Pollák also said that attending all-day education facilities would be obligatory and families that failed to comply could be punished with withdrawal of certain social benefits.
"We'll send our proposal to the premier as well as to the education minister," said Pollák.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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24. Apr 2012 at 14:00