ISU: Fewer Teachers and Schools Remain on Strike on Thursday

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Strike announcement at the primary and nursery school in Sedlice (Presov region).

Bratislava, January 28 (TASR) – The number of teachers taking part in the countrywide strike in effect as of Monday dropped from 11,000 on Wednesday to 10,600 on Thursday, the Slovak Teachers Initiative (ISU) website reported on Thursday.

The number of schools involved in the strike has also fallen – from 820 to something over 780.

Meanwhile, dissatisfied teachers have announced that protests will take place in Kosice and Nove Zamky (Nitra region) on Thursday, along with debates organised in several towns. ISU representatives will meet President Andrej Kiska shortly before noon.

Over 11,600 teachers – of the total of 89,000 in Slovakia – joined the strike on Monday. The teachers on strike are complaining about what they describe as a disturbing lack of state funding for education.

According to the Education, Science, Research and Sport Ministry’s statistics, there are 2,935 pre-schools, 2,113 primary schools and 868 secondary schools in Slovakia.