The news about the Ministry of Education’s plan to close up some smaller schools has shocked many. Cancelling those schools would mean that students attending the institutions would be left with no other choice but to pick another school to go to, probably much further away from their home.
The Ministry claims that this is only one option, though, and not a finalised decision. As planned, the heads of the schools will receive an offer to combine with other smaller schools nearby, and so save a significant amount of money, they say.
According to bumm.sk, the saved money would be added to teachers’ salaries, and with talk about hundreds of schools potentially closing up, the savings could come to around EUR 20 million in future.
Even so, according to daily Hospodárske Noviny, those who do not accept the offer will be denied further financial support. The political party Most-Híd has launched a petition against these measures, asking school leaders and town mayors in a letter not to accept the offer. The letter is signed by Most-Híd chairman Béla Bugár.
As a solution to the problem, schools would simply need more money for improving education, and this includes smaller schools also, parameter.sk cites Most-Híd education expert Erzsébet Ožvald. The Ministry insists that the plan, authored by Dušan Čaplovič, would help improve other schools and education in general, but that remains to be seen.