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Education sector still neglected

THE FUTURE government’s priorities in education are only vaguely formulated, which is a bad sign for the sector, according to analysts approached by the Sme daily.

(Source: TASR)

Unspecific, compiled in a hurry and without any deadlines or specific amounts - this is what school employees and activists had to say about the proposals for priorities in the education sector.

“The proposal lacks a concept, is chaotic and ignores most of the fundamental problems of our education system," said Vladimír Burjan, editor-in-chief of Dobrá škola (Good School) magazine told the daily.

The only specific thing so far is that the post of education minister will be occupied by the Slovak National Party (SNS).

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Prior to the general election, all political parties were reiterating that education was of the utmost priority, but now this doesn't seem to be the case. Peter Dráľ from civil association New Education System said that the placement of education approximately in the middle of the priority list attests to the fact that it will not actually be a priority. It was also put into a single chapter with culture and sport, while another two education priorities will be addressed within the chapter dedicated to national minorities.

The priorities do not mention the future of science and research, or of teachers and universities. Representatives of school unions, professional associations and other employees of the education system are not certain whether they will be invited to participate in the creation of specific programme priorities.

Vladimír Crmoman of the Slovak Teachers Initiative thinks it is important that teachers are not only invited to participate, but are also listened to.

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