The new Science, Education and Sport Minister, Predrag Sustar, confirmed on Saturday that all good programmes, including the ongoing curricular reform, would be continued, adding that comments conducive to improving that document had to be taken into account.
The new government's guidelines for education and science, as presented in the parliament on Friday, stated that "the ongoing process of curricular reform will be stopped, the strategy will be revised and its shortcomings removed based on a detailed analysis."
Speaking to reporters after the new government's first session this morning, Sustar said that what happened was evidently "a misunderstanding".
"It is important to underline that we are one state, that there is continuity and that all good programmes will be continued."
Sustar said that the curricular reform "will continue as planned" but that any useful comments likely to improve the document "will definitely be discussed."
Asked how it was possible for the guidelines to state that the curricular reform would be stopped, Sustar said that considering the entire process of forming the new government, "mistakes are understandable."
Commenting on the introduction of nine-year primary education, which is proposed by the curricular reform, and the introduction of informatics as a compulsory subject, Sustar said that everything would be discussed.
Those proposals are in line with "recommendations of the European Union, and anything that can take us closer to those good European standards is in the interest of the Croatian state," said the new minister.