Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Too little, too late

Students criticise the government's low priority and lack of funding for dorm renovation.

Several dormitories in Slovakia are in need of reconstruction.(Source: TASR)

Allocating €10 million for the reconstruction of university halls of residence and possibly another €10 million later this year is not what Prime Minister Robert Fico (Smer) promised in 2015; it is a poor patchwork solution for the alarming state of university dorms in Slovakia, said chairman of the Student Council of Universities, Bálint Lovász. He was responding to a statement made by coalition leaders on January 31 that the state would immediately allocate €10 million for the reconstruction of university halls of residence, and if the economy fares well, another €10 million could be earmarked for the same purpose in late 2018.

“We are disappointed that, at a time when the Finance Ministry is reporting the Slovak economy’s excellent results, the coalition is willing to release only 20 percent of the original promise,” said Lovász as cited by the TASR newswire, adding that such an attitude indicates that young people are not the government’s priority. “Instead of addressing the situation [with the university dorms] on time, we have ended up with a two-year delay and have received lower financial support than we were promised.”

The students view the decision to allocate one fifth of the promised sum as a compromise made at the expense of the students.

The Christian Democratic Youth of Slovakia (KDMS) views the coalition leaders’ promise as spit on the faces of students.

“Robert Fico and his ministers have done nothing for the reconstruction of the university halls of residence in Slovakia over the last 10 years,” said KDMS vice-chairman Miroslav Dragun. “With their promise to provide €10 or €20 million for reconstruction, the coalition leaders are only trying to pull the wool over students’ eyes.”

Conversely, Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport Martina Lubyová (a Slovak National Party/SNS nominee) welcomes the Government’s decision.

“I’m very pleased that with the help of the SNS we’ve managed to find funds that will boost the lives of thousands of students in university dorms,” said Lubyová.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Topic: Education


Top stories

Rules for hiring foreigners are simpler. For exceptions

Despite positive changes, employers still point to some barriers preventing more effective and simpler recruitment of foreign workers.

Some problems with Foreigners’ Police continue.

Slovak healthcare needs thousands of medical workers

Slovak doctors, nurses and midwives are not hesitating in finding better work conditions abroad.

Illustrative Stock Photo

News isn’t negative because journalists are cynical

The problem is caused by the demand side.

What is it like to study at a foreign college? Students explain to high-schoolers

Some Slovak students who study abroad already have work offers.

Students during the workshop