ZAGREB, August 14, 2019 – Science and Education Minister Blaženka Divjak on Tuesday welcomed the Constitutional Court’s decision not to grant a request for the procedure for testing whether the introduction of IT as a compulsory subject in schools as of September is in compliance with the Constitution.
She told the press in the town of Varaždin that the introduction of IT was in compliance with laws and the whole procedure had been conducted in a fair and legal manner.
The complaint was submitted to the Constitutional Court in June by Tomislav Gojmerac, a member of the Zagreb-based Natural Family Planning Centre and an associate of the conservative In the Name of the Family NGO. The activist requested that the legality and compliance with the Constitution of Divjak’s decision to introduce IT as a compulsory subject in schools as of September be tested. He referred to a 2013 Constitutional Court ruling which quashed a decision on the introduction of the health education curriculum, and considers that that decision can be fully applied to the latest decision to introduce the IT curriculum.
The minister recalled today that IT would be taught as a compulsory subject at the fifth and sixth grade of elementary school and it would be also an optional subject for other grades in elementary schools.
She said that the opponents of the IT subject in primary education were under the delusion that in present-day schools children did not need this sort of training.
Divjak expressed optimism that curricular reform would be also successfully implemented in the coming school year.
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