Teachers wrote letter to Juncker

TO INFORM about the current state in the Slovak education sector, the Initiative of Slovak Teachers (ISU) has sent a letter to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics.

(Source: SME)

The unfavourable and constantly worsening conditions in education resulted in an all-out strike of teachers who are asking the government to fulfil their demands.

“Neither the government nor the Education Ministry respond to these requests during the strike, with some schools even reporting about bullying teachers by founders of schools and headmasters, which we consider violating the constitutional right to strike and non-democratic practices,” ISU wrote, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

SkryťRemove ad
Article continues after video advertisement
SkryťRemove ad
Article continues after video advertisement

Meanwhile, the teachers continue striking, though their total number keeps falling. While on February 1 nearly 9,300 teachers protested, on February 2 it was some 8,600. The number of participating schools is 700, the same as on February 1.

The Education Ministry informed that 58 schools (or 0.86 percent of total number of schools) were closed on February 2, down from 111 on January 29.

Read also: Teachers on strike form human chains Read more 

Parliamentary session

About 200 teachers, pupils and their parents gathered on February 2 also in front of the parliament, carrying drums, whistles, rattles and bells. They voiced their dissatisfaction with government’s alleged inactivity concerning the teachers’ situation.

Demonstrators chose this venue due to the extraordinary session of the parliamentary education, science, youth and sport committee. In reference to the series of Smer’s billboards saying ‘We protect Slovakia’, people were carrying banners saying ‘Do you protect Slovakia from education?’. Other banners read ‘It’s not only about salaries’, ‘We’ll endure’ and ‘We’re fighting for better education in Slovakia’.

SkryťRemove ad

“We wanted to make their session more pleasant, so they can hear that the street isn’t empty,” said Ľuboš Sibert of ISU, as quoted by TASR.

Another teacher Viktor Križo said that it is time for politicians to show what they can do for the teachers and their sympathisers. After all, “they’re paid out of our taxes”, he added, as reported by TASR.

The extraordinary parliamentary committee session was convened by its chairman Mojmír Mamojka. Education Minister Juraj Draxler, representatives of ISU and the Teachers Union chair Pavel Ondek were present as well.

Those that were present arrived at a conclusion that the teachers’ salaries and financing of education will be dealt with after the general election on March 5. Committee members called on all political parties that run in the election to publicly declare their commitment to approve a national education programme for 2016-2020, TASR wrote.

Meanwhile, the public supported teachers’ demands. About 8,000 people have already signed a petition to this purpose. Miroslav Pagáč even opened an account to which people send money to support teachers. People have already collected more than €12,000, the Sme daily reported.

The money will go directly to the teacher donors choose, Sme wrote.

Top stories

News digest: LGBT+ people better off in Malta

From Bratislava to Komárno with a new rail operator. Take a look at timeless Czechoslovak glasses.


6 h

Village burnt down but thanks to contest it is one of Slovak symbols now

Ease your hiking muscles in a spa after a two-hour hike with incredible views and a walk through time.


27. jul
Altogether 131 refugees from Ukraine are accommodated at the premises of the Prešov prison; the capacity of the facility is 151 people. The original inmates were moved to Sabinov. The picture features an angel in the Ukrainian national colours created by one refugee and her son as a thank you gift for visitors.

It's August and I really want to go home to Ukraine

A Ukrainian refugee, mother of two, tells the story of her escape to Slovakia and the six months she has lived here so far.


15. aug
Slovak Foreign Minister Ivan Korčok.

Slovakia plans no ban on all Russians from entering the country

The country would most likely support an EU-wide ban.


16. aug
SkryťClose ad