Slovakia still maintains a segregation policy in its schools. This was the criticism aimed at Slovakia recently by the human rights activist group, Amnesty International (AI). The problem of Slovakia’s apparent institutionalised discrimination towards its Roma population just won’t seem to go away, however much it is ignored. Amnesty International reported that the segregation of non-Roma and Roma begins long before children reach school age, with instances even happening in nursery school.
AI’s most senior representative in Slovakia, Martina Mazurova, noted that the Roma’s basic human right to an education is being violated.
Levoca is the source of the latest violation, wrote AI, with the town forming Roma-only classes as recently as September. Peter Tatarko, who is the school principal, seemingly refuses to offer any comment on classes at his school.
With Slovakia conveniently not gathering information on the ethnic make-up of their schools, AI suggests it may be difficult analysing the situation. Mazurova believes it may only be the tip of the iceberg, though.
According to a recent poll from the EU’s Agency for Fundamental Rights, from around 20,000 Europeans, Slovakia was the worst at educating young Roma in Central Europe. Only around 20 percent of Roma under the age of 24 graduated from secondary education, compared with 90 percent of under 24s of non-Roma ethnicity