Slovakia’s governing coalition says it wants to better prepare Slovak kids for their future jobs by making English a mandatory subject, as it promised before the parliamentary election in June.
While some parents and teachers welcome this initiative, notes the Slovak Spectator, others say this resembles past times when learning another language, Russian, was obligatory – forcing young students to learn what was called the language of Slovakia’s ‘eternal’ friend. Others are raising a more pragmatic question – will there be enough quality English language teachers?
“Lacking knowledge of English prevents Slovaks from establishing themselves in the labour market not only abroad but also in Slovakia. Abroad, graduates of our universities often must accept less-paid, unqualified jobs and in Slovakia the lack of English knowledge prevents them from climbing into higher managerial positions. Without proper knowledge of English it is much more complicated to study specialised literature or consult on solutions to problems at international forums with foreign experts.”
Education Minister Eugen Jurzyca
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