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Social Democrat member of Parliament Davor Bernardic on Thursday asked Ivan Tepes of the Croatian Party of Rights - Ante Starcevic, who was chairing the parliamentary session, to see what was going on with the payment of scholarships for university students after some students staged a protest outside the Science and Education Ministry due to a delay in their payment.

Students have not received their scholarships since January, Bernardic said during a debate on the work of the Gender Equality Ombudswoman, asking Tepes to investigate the matter and report on it to MPs by the end of the day.

The debate on the report on the work of the Gender Equality Ombudswoman in 2015, which started on Wednesday, continued today in a polemical atmosphere, spreading to a number of other, mostly worldview-related topics.

Sandra Krpan of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) said her party would support the report, warning about an increase in domestic violence and stereotypes in school programmes, which, she said, was why civic and health education should be introduced in schools as separate subjects.

Asked by Ladislav Ilcic of HRAST if for that purpose she would increase the number of classes or cancel some other subjects, Krpan said that she would simply remove religious education from schools.

"I believe that in the 21st century Croatian pupils have the right to all information regarding their health," she said, adding that introducing civics as a separate subject was also important because research "shows that young people believe that homosexuals are sick and should be excluded from society."

Another SDP MP, Gordana Sobol, said that it was alarming that young people believed that slapping their partner is normal, and she, too, called for introducing civics and health education in school curricula.

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