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Divjak: We Should Not Give Up On Education Even During Pandemic

By 18 May 2020

ZAGREB, May 18, 2020 - Education is something we should not give up on even during a pandemic, Croatian Education Minister Blazenka Divjak said on Monday ahead of a videoconference with her European counterparts, with whom she will discuss reopening schools and final exams.

"It is hard, a lot of adjustments have been made, but we should not give up on education even in circumstances like these," Minister Divjak said.

The main points to be discussed at the third virtual meeting of the EU's education ministers are reopening schools and final exams.

Most EU member states have reopened their kindergartens and elementary schools for pupils in lower grades, and have enabled high school leavers and university students do carry out tasks they were not able to do online, Divjak reiterated.

In Croatia, kindergartens reopened last Monday, as did elementary schools for pupils in lower grades.

"The turnout was not high, but everything was conducted in line with the recommendations by the Croatian Institute of Public Health," the minister said.

New recommendations for next week are yet to be discussed.

At the video conference, school-leaving exams will also be discussed. Most EU member states have opted for "a reduction in the content or number of exams," Divjak said.

In Croatia, compulsory high school-leaving exams will take place from 8 to 29 June.

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