Members of the expert team in charge of implementing an integral curricular reform, who resigned recently citing political pressure and lack of government support, on Tuesday thanked all who support the curricular reform and asked all political parties not to claim the reform for themselves but rather treat education and science as a priority.
"From the very beginning the reform was devised as a national project and place of true unity and dialogue, and participating experts are people of very different worldviews," reads a statement signed by Boris Jokic, the head of the team, and its six other members.
They underline that the curricular reform is a sincere and honest attempt by people working in schools, kindergartens and student homes, the academic community, religious communities, the private sector and unions, that their work as the expert team covered the terms of two different governments, and that they are aware of low government support for the reform as well as for the education system.
"We therefore ask all political groups to define education and science as their priorities rather than paying lip service to the reform, increase investments in education and science, improve the status of teachers and scientists and ensure for children and parents a better education system," the team said in the statement.
Representatives of 16 unions, employers' and civil society associations said today that they would support rallies of support for the curricular reform to be held on Wednesday in Zagreb and 12 other cities, noting that those rallies were not politically motivated.
Thousands of people have announced via Facebook that they will gather in Zagreb's central Ban Josip Jelacic Square at 6 pm on Wednesday to express their support for the implementation of the curricular reform.