Croatia's Science, Education and Sports Minister Predrag Sustar has said that he will not accept the resignations tendered on Wednesday by a national team of experts in charge of an integral curricular reform, headed by Boris Jokic, noting that the reform enjoys the government's unanimous support and called for accepting responsibility.
"The curricular reform will go on and it has received unanimous support from the Croatian government. I do not want to relieve members of the expert team of their duties. If we are truly dedicated to implementing an integral curricular reform, let us assume the responsibility entrusted to us," the minister said in a brief statement his ministry forwarded to media outlets.
Ministry officials said the minister would hold a news conference on the matter at 10 am on Friday.
Earlier in the day Jokic and his team tendered irrevocable resignations due to political pressure, saying their decision was final and non-negotiable.
"At this moment we don't have the impression that there is support for us as a group and trust in us as people to continue with this process. We were fully for dialogue, we were even ready to have this working group expanded. However, we can't agree to political influence, either from the left, the right or the centre. Professionals must always come before politics," Jokic told a news conference.
"The political pressure is simple in this case. The parliamentary (science) committee adopted a decision to expand the working group in certain fields, which wouldn't have been a problem had it somehow been communicated. However, what (the decision) says the group should do doesn't match the description and nature of what this reform has been from the start. Those conclusions say that the group should determine what to accept in expert discussions and what not to, which actually points to certain censorship procedures and returns us to the time of communism, when the morally suitable were appointed to certain councils," Jokic said among other things.