News on schools and education policy in Slovakia

Experts' high hopes for education minister have turned into disappointment

Scientists believed Martina Lubyová could save science in Slovakia as she had worked as a scientist prior to becoming the minister.Peter Kapitán11. Feb 2019, at 9:05

Education Minister Martina Lubyová

Schools should teach values that you can’t get from a computer

Teaching values and building character is a sensitive issue in post-Communist countries.Nina Francelová, 30. Jan 2019, at 17:03

Teachers call on Lubyová to stop misleading in Danko’s case

Lying has always been lying, Comenius University's Faculty of Arts wrote in its open letter.Compiled by Spectator staff, 17. Jan 2019, at 13:50

Martina Lubyová

Three Slovak universities among best in the world

Comenius University and Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, alongside Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, have entered the rankings.Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. Dec 2018, at 14:07

Comenius University in Bratislava

Slovakia has many skilful people. Students should meet them

The new project by the Pontis Foundation tries to motivate young people through stories of successful business people.Radka Minarechová, 15. Nov 2018, at 9:30

The presentation of This is 21 project

Comenius University in Bratislava will have a new rector

Marek Števček will replace Karol Mičieta, who has served as the rector two terms. The University of Economics has re-elected the incumbent rector.Compiled by Spectator staff, 15. Nov 2018, at 0:35

Candidates for Comenius University rector.

Czechoslovakia was progressive about women's voting rights

But first Slovak feminist Hana Gregorová described the establishment of Czechoslovakia as an act from which women were expelled.Nina Francelová, 2. Nov 2018, at 8:40

Karol Ľudovít Libay: Dve ženy (Two Women)

Why is an 18-year-old doctoral dissertation causing an uproar among the public?

Speaker of Parliament Andrej Danko banned the public from viewing his dissertation, facing protests and a criminal complaint as a consequence.Nina Francelová, 25. Oct 2018, at 12:18

Andrej Danko

EC finds huge regional disparities in testing of Slovak fifth-graders

Bratislava is the best, while the Košice, Prešov and Banská Bystrica Regions fared the worst.Compiled by Spectator staff, 22. Oct 2018, at 13:39

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Slovak experts to work on a unique city centre in China

Chongming Island is expected to become “a live laboratory” of urbanists.Compiled by Spectator staff, 3. Oct 2018, at 22:30

Chongming Island

Do teachers need to hunt for credits?

Slovak teachers are not motivated to undergo professional development courses. One of the reasons might be the deformed system.Radka Minarechová, 26. Sep 2018, at 21:15

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Rector, minister, president. Why nobody halted the plagiarists’ appointment?

None of the concerned parties see their role in evaluating the moral qualities of the candidate for professor.Roman Cuprik, 25. Sep 2018, at 12:26

Marian Vanderka

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.Nina Francelová, 20. Sep 2018, at 16:05

Students during the workshop

A plagiarist was appointed professor

The university that convicted him only checked his scientific and pedagogical profile when assessing the candidate.Compiled by Spectator staff, 19. Sep 2018, at 21:32

President appointed 55 new professors on September 19.

Afraid of maths? A Czech student shows there is nothing to fear

Marek Liška has written textbooks in a language close to students. He now plans to introduce them to Slovak schools.Radka Minarechová, 9. Sep 2018, at 19:30

Marek Liška

Slovakia is lacking hundreds of teachers

Many graduates leave pedagogical faculties with no interest in finding a job in the schooling system.Nina Francelová, 30. Aug 2018, at 16:33

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A recipe for scientists to return: create contacts

State scheme to lure academics back from abroad does not seem to be efficient. But there are other ways to intensify cooperation with them.Radka Minarechová, 23. Aug 2018, at 8:00

Why does it make sense to learn German?

The language is currently suffering from the preference of English and the lack of teachers.Radka Minarechová, 8. Aug 2018, at 6:30

A decreasing number of students choose German for their school leaving exam.

Poll: Slovak scientists abroad are not keen on returning to Slovakia

The main reasons are better opportunities for scientific and artistic activities along with higher salaries.Compiled by Spectator staff, 2. Aug 2018, at 22:49

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Blog: Skills shortage makes us rethink patterns in education

Slovakia must be able to attract and retain the skilled experts, but also grow domestic talents and leaders.Peter Rusiňák16. Jul 2018, at 8:25

Companies are cautiously considering further education  and training for their employees.