The concept of education for minorities needs to be defined: New State Secretary in Slovakia, Mónika Filip Outlines Priorities for Education in Minority Languages

A delegation from the Hungarian Community Association met with Education Ministry State Secretary, Mónika Filip, on April 1st. Just two weeks into the job, the ethnic Hungarian official’s portfolio includes education in minority languages. Ms. Filip told Felvidek.ma on April 5 that one of her first steps was to make the ministry’s website available in the Hungarian, Ruthenian and Roma languages. Emphasizing the actual implementation of reforms, the State Secretary mentioned shoring up minority teachers, quality and quantity of textbooks in minority languages, and strengthening instruction of Slovak as a second language for minority students.… Read More

Ethnic Hungarian Settlements in Slovakia Lose Hundreds of Millions of Euros in State Tax Revenue Due to Unusual Disbursement Policy

Hundreds of millions of euros worth of state tax revenue has been lost, and promises to be lost, to southern Slovakia, including Hungarian-inhabited settlements, due to the disproportionate funding of local governments, said Péter Őry chairman of the Hungarian Community Party at a news conference on January 28. The disadvantage stems from the distribution mechanism used to return the share of taxes on natural persons to municipalities. … Read More

UKRAINIAN PARLIAMENT PASSES Law on SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL for the HUNGARIAN NATIONAL MINORITY

On January 16, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted a law regulating secondary education, which also applies to the Hungarian minority. “Ukrainian authorities lack the political will to comprehend that they have taken away crucial minority rights and, for Hungarians in Subcarpathia, the 150-year-old right to education in their mother tongue,” said Ildikó Orosz, President of the Hungarian Teachers’ Association of Subcarpathia (KMPSZ) following a meeting with the Ukrainian Education Minister. The vote was 327 Yeas, 3 Nays, 54 abstentions and 16 no votes, in the 450-member legislature. … Read More

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