Minister Compromises on School System Shakeup
Public and media pressure brought on by the planned legislation of education minister Dusan Caplovic, which includes giving local authorities the power to dictate how many first year classes individual schools could open, has produced a result as the Ministry is now planning to set up a special Board for Education that will propose instead.
The change comes after minister Caplovic met with parents who had signed a petition against what they called a conflict of interests, as private, church and specialised schools would be at the mercy of regional councils, which run the state schools.
“A special board will be set up, including representatives of private and church-run schools. The board will assess each school and provide a standpoint”, ministry spokesman Michal Kalinak is cited by TASR newswire as saying. The standpoint will then be revised by the local council, however. ”Some anonymous clerk from regional government will therefore not decide on the future of schools, but instead it will be the Board for Education and the local council, as elected directly by citizens”, Kalinak said.
The Association of Private Schools has around 30 fundamental objections to the Act on Expert Education and so they will meet today with the minister to discuss their proposals.