Wednesday , September 28 2022

The National Council will decide on a veto on the law on the financing of private schools


A proposal for a postponed veto was tabled by a group of government advisers with the first signatory Bogomir VnuckzIt states that the law adopted by the National Assembly on Wednesday contradicts the decision of the Constitutional Court because it introduces a distinction between publicly valid programs and programs that have acquired public validity. The introduction of differentiation according to their statements actually justifies distinguishing or limiting the amount of co-financing of the elementary school program of private schools, which is in direct contradiction with the Constitutional Court's decision.

By reducing the funding of private schools and complicating their functioning, the choice of choice diminishes and the diversity of Slovenian school space is poor, state councilors write.

They point out that the law removes the right of private primary school pupils to complete the funding of the extended free access program to this part of the publicly valid compulsory elementary education program that is uniquely defined for all educational institutions and is necessary to achieve the objectives education in the public interest. "The different ways of teaching in private schools should be preserved and encouraged, while not worsening the right to finance existing private schools and their organizational units so far" they said.

Making a new funding proposal will inevitably lead to an increase in training fees, thus limiting their access to socially more onerous families and, ultimately, to the emergence of private schools for the rich elite, which is certainly not public interest, a group of state councilors is convinced. They added that the law not only threatens the existence of private schools, but also private kindergartens.

The proposal also states that reducing the amount of public funds for private schools applying a publicly available basic education program constitutes a breach of trust in the law and the principle of equality before the law. The preservation of unconstitutional funding mechanisms during the transition period is also inconsistent with the rule of law, the principle of separation of power and the right to freely visit compulsory publicly accredited primary education programs, state councilors write.

State Councilors will decide on Monday's request for an extraordinary session to discuss the issue of drinking water supply to coastal municipalities. Chairman of the DS Alojz Kovšca he already informed the saints about the expansion of the agenda.

The adoption of the Law on the Organization and Financing of Education, which must fulfill the constitutional decision to finance private primary schools, was adopted by the National Assembly on Wednesday with 42 votes in favor and 36 against. She was supported by LMŠ, SD, DeSUS and SAB, minority MP and Left, SMC was abstained. UDF, NSi and SNS were against.

If the VC vote is vetoed, 46 votes will be needed for the success of the law, but so far it does not appear, as the parties do not intend to change their positions as they have predicted.

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