Cabinet Approves Education Reform Document

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Education Minister Martina Lubyova (photo by TASR)

Bratislava, June 6 (TASR) – The Cabinet at its session on Wednesday approved the Education Ministry-sponsored National Programme for Education Development that should shape the Slovak education system for the next ten years, TASR learnt on the same day.

In addition to the reform document as such, the Cabinet also greenlighted an initial Action Plan for the National Programme for 2018-19, while another four action plans were acknowledged by the ministers.

The approved document includes ten partial goals (five aimed at regional education and five at university education) and 105 measures, which haven’t been further specified yet by Education Minister Martina Lubyova (an SNS nominee).

The national programme pays special attention to so-called cross-sectional goals, including the integration and inclusion of marginalised Roma communities and pupils from socially disadvantaged environments, linking the education system to the needs of the economy and the labour market, and developing the system of lifelong learning.

Unlike the usual legislation process, the reform document wasn’t submitted for the interministerial comment phase but was commented on directly at the ministries.

Lubyova pointed out that the national programme aimed at reforming Slovakia’s education system is based on a reform document called ‘Learning Slovakia’, the Government Manifesto and a report on the situation in the education sector drawn up during Dusan Caplovic’s (Smer-SD) term as education minister.