Thursday, September 28, 2006

UNMIK praises Kosovo government on resolving education dispute for Gorani

Text of report by Radio-Television Kosovo TV website on 27 September

UNMIK [United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo] welcomes the decision by Minister of Education Science and Technology Agim Veliu aimed at resolving a disagreement over providing education to the Gorani community in Dragash [Dragas] municipality. UNMIK supports the sensitive approach taken by Minister Veliu in addressing issues concerning employment of teachers, which have kept three schools from starting the 2006-2007 academic year on time. This flexible solution will help the Gorani community to gradually become fully integrated into the Kosova [Kosovo] system, while taking into account their repeated wish to use Serbian as the main language in schooling. The decision by Minister Veliu obliges all Gorani teachers to sign contracts with the Municipal Education Directorate for this school year, which should be used to prepare the introduction of curriculum and textbooks according to the education reform in Kosova. The implementation of the Kosova curriculum will be compulsory in all schools from the next school year.

Source: RTK TV website, Pristina, in Albanian 27 Sep 06

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