The minister, who was visiting Varaždin County, said that the €22 billion EU Recovery Fund opened room for education and provided great opportunities for the construction of schools in Croatia.
“The concept is to move towards all-day school. That requires a certain infrastructure to be built,” said Fuchs underscoring that at the moment 40% of schools in Croatia work in two shifts, due to a lack of place.
Introducing all-day school would significantly increase the number of active hours children spend in school, said Fuchs and added that compared to other countries in the EU, children in Croatia spend the least time in lessons at school.
During his working meeting with Varaždin County Prefect Radimir Čačić, Minister Fuchs said that they defined future projects by the ministry.
The ministry’s state secretary, Tomislav Paljak, who accompanied the minister during his visit to Varaždin, explained that while in the whole of Croatia, 40% of schools worked in two shifts, in Varaždin County that percentage was just four percent of schools.
“That means that 96% of schools here operate full day, which is in accordance with the state project to ensure full-day schooling for pupils,” said Paljak.