Universities threaten a strike to protest the latest amendment. Ministry promises changes

The ministry proposes curbing their powers like under the totalitarian regime, universities claim.

"For Academic Freedom - No to Political Arbitrariness" reads a writing on facade of Comenius University Law Faculty building."For Academic Freedom - No to Political Arbitrariness" reads a writing on facade of Comenius University Law Faculty building. (Source: TASR)

Some universities have been on strike alert since the beginning of the month. They oppose the amendment of the law on colleges and universities as proposed by the Education Ministry. Some talk about a return to pre-1989.

The university law is to be amended this year. But the way the ministry proposed the wording of the law has met with stark opposition among universities, which claim that it opens the doors to political influence at colleges and universities.

“The proposed amendment not only worsens the conditions for increasing the quality of education and scientific activities, it also puts universities directly in the position of being in thrall to political nominees,” reads the official statement of Comenius University.

Slovak universities are protesting by going on strike alert as of March 1. This includes the biggest universities in the country, such as Comenius University and the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Kosice, Trnava University, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, or Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica.

Students have also expressed their disagreement and they stand by their protesting schools, which demand the amendment to be rewritten.

Like in previous regimes, universities said

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