Opposition politicians have launched an effort in parliament to get Education Minister Dušan Čaplovič to step down. If Prime Minister Robert Fico does not replace him by the end of the week, the opposition says it will initiate a parliamentary session to discuss a no-confidence motion in the minister. Given the majority that Fico's Smer party enjoys in parliament the opposition initiative has no chance of success unless Fico himself decides to ditch Čaplovič.
According to the Sme daily, the opposition blames Čaplovič for not sticking to his promise of proposing a set of measures to remedy the situation in the education sector, together with due deadlines. Čaplovič tabled a report this week which lacks specific sums that should be spent on education, Sme wrote on April 12. On Wednesday, Finance Minister Peter Kažimír refused to allocate money to the education sector, claiming that it is ineffective and requires fundamental change. The opposition claims that Čaplovič does not even have the support of his own colleagues in government. However, the minister, who was nominated by the ruling Smer party, said he does not plan to resign, and Jana Laššáková, the head of Smer's parliamentary caucus, expressed the party's support for him.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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12. Apr 2013 at 10:00