Jeckov made the statement in parliament following statements in the media by “quasi-reformists of minority education,” primarily the one conducted in the Serbian language and Cyrillic script.
“Certain myths need to be debunked,” she said, including the one that Serbs in Croatia have separate schools and that they are being taught from textbooks from Serbia, based on the so-called Serbian programme.
“In Croatia, there are definitely no segregated schools, there are no exclusively Serb schools, let alone schools that are segregated from the state education system,” said Jeckov.
The truth is that students go to school within the same building, that they usually go in the same shift, that they have extra-curricula activities together. The only difference is that members of the minority community are taught in their mother tongue and only if their parents decide so.
“Model A is used by the Italian and Hungarian and Czech minorities and they enjoy their minority rights to a greater extent than Serbs because their schools are registered as minority schools, unlike those for Serbs,” she said.
She said that the Serb minority is not asking for more than others but it hasn’t achieved the level of rights that others have, and that there is no alternative to education in the mother tongue and script.
MP Stipo MIinarić, of the Homeland Movement (DP) retorted that she was not telling the truth.
“Schools are segregated. Children are segregated from kindergarten age to secondary school. That is not good for Vukovar, the Serb community, the Croatian people, for anyone. Why are children being segregated?” he asked.
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