Consultations with the president on the "state’s responsibility for the establishment, operation and monitoring of the implementation of private primary school programmes"
Ljubljana, 5. 2. 2019 | press release
The President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, today held consultations on the "state’s responsibility for the establishment, operation and monitoring of the implementation of private primary school programmes".
This time, President Pahor held consultations with distinguished guests on the "state’s responsibility for the establishment, operation and monitoring of the implementation of private primary school programmes". In the invitation letter, the President called on the guests to focus their discussion on the challenges that are and will be essential for ensuring accessible, high-quality education in a modern, changing society, with a special emphasis on the relationship between public and private education.
The consultation had a greater ambition than to focus solely on the implementation of the binding decision adopted by the Constitutional Court (2014). The aim of the consultation was to confront and bring together different views on the integration of private schools into the Slovenian education system.
President Pahor challenged the participants to consider the following questions:
· Is the education system in the Republic of Slovenia enriched or depleted by private primary schools? If enriched, should it then be financed by the state?
· Does private education help increase the accessibility and quality of the education system or does it hinder it? If it helps improve quality and accessibility, how should it be financed?
· If our ambition is to build the best education system in the world over the next few years and decades, is the development of private education in this respect good or bad?
· What are the limits of the state's responsibility for the establishment, operation and monitoring of the implementation of private primary school programmes?
· How should the state oversee the operation of private schools if they are provided with public funds for their operation?
· What are contemporary trends in comparable societies and countries on these issues?
· How should Slovenia address these dilemmas in order to catch up with the world's best education systems?
Irrespective of different views on the aforementioned questions, the National Assembly is obliged to enforce the Constitutional Court's decision (2014).
THE CONSULTATIONS are HELD BY THE PRESIDENT on a regular basis and in terms of content they touch upon topical long-term dilemmas. The purpose of the consultations is to exchange opinions, confront civil society and politics, and to find acceptable or at least the most appropriate long-term decisions for Slovenia.
This time, too, the consultations in the Presidential Palace were attended by pupils and students.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA
Participants in the consultations:
1. Jožica Frigelj
, the representative of the Civil Society Initiative "What kind of school do we want?"
2. Dr. Slavko Gaber
, Associate Professor Sociology of Education, Faculty of Education of the University of Ljubljana and former minister of education and sport
3. Roman Globokar
, a former director of St. Stanislav's Institution
4. Dr. Zdenko Kodelja
, Research Counsellor, Educational Research Institute
5. Mag. Melita Kordeš Demšar
, Director of Montessori Institute
6. Iztok Kordiš
, Director of the Ljubljana Waldorf School
7. Dr. Igor Lukšič
, Full Professor, Chair of Theoretical Political Science, Chair for Political Theory, Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana and former minister of school, science and technology
8. Dr. Maja Makovec Brenčič
, Full Professor, Academic Unit for International Economics and Business, Academic Unit for Marketing, Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana, former minister of education, science and sport
9. Dr. Jernej Pikalo
, Minister of Education, Science and Sport
10. Mag. Branislav Rajić
, President of the National Assembly's Committee on Education, Science, Sports and Youth
11. Dr. Tadej Rifel
, Researcher, Institute for Education Research and Development
12. Miha Skubic
, the representative of the Civil Society Initiative to enrich the education
13. Dr. Ivan Janez Štuhec
, Theologist and Philosopher of Morality, Faculty of Theology, Institute Anton Martin Slomšek
14. Lenart Zajc
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA