The Slovak government has dismissed a planned extraordinary parliamentary session to be held on Thursday, December 13, to debate the situation in the education sector, as “not beneficial amidst the current situation”, according to a statement approved at the cabinet's session on Wednesday.
The government described the actions of the three opposition parties – the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) and Most-Híd – that initiated the special session as 'politicising' the issue. The government stated that since it considers the sector a priority area in which specific measures have already been adopted, it does not understand the three parties' proposal to convene the session.
"They did next to nothing for the education sector while they were in power ... between 2010 and 2012. Meanwhile, the incumbent government has submitted to parliament factual material for a course of action that it aims to pursue and will pursue to address the problems in the education sector," the statement reads, as quoted by the TASR newswire.
The extraordinary session came after last week's initiative by the same three parties – which are grouped in the so-called People's Platform – in which they urged the cabinet, among other steps, to make it clear how it aims to improve the situation in the education sector. The People's Platform also said last week that it would not initiate an attempt to dismiss Education Minister Dušan Čaplovič for now, as this would only politicise the problems plaguing the sector.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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