Slovakia is the worst in Europe in number of educated children of preschool age

A little more than two-thirds of children attend municipal kindergartens in eastern Slovakia.

(Source: TASR)

Slovakia is the worst in Europe when it comes to the number of educated children of preschool age. While the European average is 95 percent, only 82 percent of children in Slovakia attend kindergarten from the age of four years.

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The worst region in Slovakia is Košice with 70 percent, showed data of the Supreme Audit Office (NKÚ). Compulsory preschool education of children from the age of five could increase the number of children in kindergartens.

Every third child at home

NKÚ checked whether local municipalities are successfully increasing the capacities of the existing kindergartens.

Controllers, based on their findings, notified MPs of the risks linked with the bureaucratic obstacles in place when drawing the European funds. They also pointed out that there is a significant lack of qualified teachers who could be employed in newly-established classrooms, the TASR newswire reported.

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