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Teachers point out poor quality textbooks and a badly set up system for their selection or distribution

Bratislava, 14 August 2020 - International surveys from 2013 and 2018 signaled significant risks associated with the provision of textbooks for students in Slovak primary schools. The analytical team of the national authority for external control therefore looked at the current situation and, based on data obtained from the schools´ environment, states that almost half of the addressed schools criticised the quality of textbooks and consider the system of their selection or distribution to be bad.

The most problematic is the textbook for mathematics for the primary schools first grade, which more than 3/4 of the addressed teachers described as unsatisfactory and often unsystematically written. Based on the information obtained, the Supreme Audit Office of the Slovak Republic (SAO SR) repeatedly draws the Ministry of Education´s attention to significant reserves in covering schools' textbook deliveries, as they are covered only at 63% on average and no new book titles were procured last year. According to Ľubomír Andrassy, Director General of the Office of the President of the SAO SR, the national auditors positively assess the other decision of the current Ministry management to expand the official list of offered textbooks for primary schools from the 2020/2021 school year.

The full text of the press release about this audit in The Slovak language is available here. Use the Google icon in the top bar for automatic translation into the desired language.

Full report in The Slovak language is available here.