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Slovakia is not fulfilling its commitment to the young generation; we have critical schooling for children under five

Bratislava, February 12, 2021 - Slovakia is on the tail of Europe in the number of tutored preschool children. The European average is 95% and the Slovak indicator of kindergarten attendance by children from the age of four is only slightly above 80%, while the Košice region is at its worst with 70%. The compulsory pre-school education for children from the age of 5 should also increase the number of children in kindergartens. The current capacities of kindergartens are insufficient. The special-purpose funding from the State budget or European funds does not help significant improvement of the situation. The Supreme Audit Office of the Slovak Republic (SAO SR) therefore examined the implementation of projects by the local government related to the capacity enlargement in existing preschool facilities. Based on their findings, the national auditors draw the attention of members of the National Council of the Slovak Republic to risks related not only to the existence of bureaucratic obstacles drawing Euro funds, but also to the significant shortage of qualified teaching staff to be employed by Slovak municipalities in the newly created classes.

"A visit to a kindergarten, targeted pre-primary education and training are the keys to the personal development of every child and forms the basis of preparation for further dignified life in society," emphasises Ľ. Andrassy, the SAO SR Vice-President.

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