New Education Bill Could Be Delayed

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6/12/2013 3:41 PM
Category: Education

It is increasingly unlikely that Parliament will pass the new Basic Schools and Upper Secondary Schools Act before heading to summer recess on June 20.

That is an matter of concern for schools, as the new measures are likely to come into effect during the next school year, leaving schools no time to prepare.

“The proposed changes should bring more order to the education landscape. A general consensus has been reached, only the details are being debated now,” Mart Laidmets, a deputy secretary at the Ministry of Education, told ERR radio today.

The draft legislation contains clauses that would need to be set in place before the new school year in September, and Parliament won't convene until the middle of the month.

Center Party MP Mailis Reps, who sits on Parliament’s Cultural Affairs Committee, which is currently debating the bill, said the government should split the draft into two, passing more timely measures immediately.

The committee’s chairman, Urmas Klaas, said that the most pressing problem is financing, with the debate centering on what municipalities can and can’t do with certain fund allocations, such as wages.

Other debated topics include the splitting of basic and upper secondary schools, which the ministry is trying to push through, standard evaluation tests and a fixed 35-hour work week for all teachers.


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