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In the public hearing in front of Committee on Education, Science, Sport and Youth of National Assembly of RS, now standing minister of Education, Science and Sport, dr. Jernej Pikalo, has announced the developments particularly in the field of education, where we can expect Higher Education Act to be amended in the upcoming months. Moreover, strategical documents, also in the higher education field, are due for the renovation as they will expire by the end of 2020.
At the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, an interdepartmental task force (representatives of all relevant governmental departments, public institutes, research institutes, faculty representatives) prepared a proposal for the National Strategy for the Development of Literacy, which is currently undergoing discussion and is yet to be approved by the Government. The proposal of the strategy contains the definition of the field of literacy, which is the basis of all other literacies, including information and media, where both the ability to acquire as well as the critical processing of information are important. At the Ministry, media literacy, which is connected to the Internet, is developed in the context of digitization of education (from training of teachers, teaching materials and didactic tools, safe use to development and research projects).
Currently, there are debates, policy proposals and legislation pending approval in Slovenia. Organization and Financing of Education Act is being discussed and is expected to be amended in one way or another. The opposition party, Slovenian Democratic Party, has filed a request to amend the respective act in the legislative procedure. They state they are looking to eliminate unconstitutional nature of the act as the Constitutional Court has decided in December 2014, that Act is partially unconstitutional. The Act does not allow for the government to fully cover the cost of the primary education in the private primary schools. The debate on the public financing of private educational institutions is part of wider ongoing debate in Slovenia, as the public is strongly inclined towards public financing of public schools’ system.