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Top 3 news from Last Week in Slovakia

More students need to join dual education.

These top three stories from Slovakia are a selection of headlines from a weekly overview in pdf and audio format that subscribers of The Slovak Spectator receive directly in their inboxes every Thursday morning.

To confirm his testimony, ex-secret service member Ľuboš Kosík has sent a 10-minute video from Mali. He reiterated the participation of the intelligence service in the kidnapping of the president’s son in 1995. He confirmed what he had already claimed in a written statement in early January. Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák and Police Corps President Tibor Gašpar doubted the authenticity of the original statement.

This school year, over 2,500 pupils from 70 schools and 200 employees joined the dual education system in 46 study fields. But experts warn that this is not enough to satisfy the needs of the industry. According to the Union of Automotive Industry, dual education should involve 12,000 students by the year 2020, which is 3,000 a year.

People are less willing to commute or move for work. Labor mobility of people out of work in Slovakia has decreased for the third year in a row, a survey of HR Alliance shows. Less than 57 percent of respondents are willing to commute for work, down by 5 percentage points compared to last year. More than 60 percent of those polled are ready to spend at most €50 per month on commuting to work.

Below you can listen to all the headlines from Last Week in Slovakia published on January 24.

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