President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic issued a letter to the public on Sunday calling for the continuation of the curriculum reform.
"The imbalance between the education system and the labour market, the unsatisfactory financial status of teachers and lack of investment in their continual professional training, students overloaded with unnecessary content are only some of the reasons that point to the need for a reform that will bring the education system in accord with the modern and predictable needs of the Croatian society," the President wrote in her letter, adding that the work on the curriculum reform should continue and be completed.
Grabar-Kitarovic said that the task force for the curriculum reform, headed by Boris Jokic, had done a great job. "Their efforts rightfully enjoy the respect of a large portion of the Croatian public, and the academic community also gives its undivided support for the need for curriculum reform."
She said that the curriculum reform should both reflect the cultural and educational heritage of Croatia and its key national values and respond in an innovative way to modern and predictable needs for the development of the Croatian society in all areas.
Support for the continuation of the curriculum reform which comes from the task force and its head, Dr Jokic, who has resigned, as well as from the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport, "shows that there is the necessary synergy of the will to continue at the desired pace," Grabar-Kitarovic said, adding that she expected all the people involved in the reform process, and the entire public, to take "a very serious and constructive approach to public debate" on the curriculum reform and ensure its eventual implementation.
The President thanked Jokic and his team for their contribution, expressing her support and calling on them to continue their work. "Resigning is the easiest way. Quitting is the easiest way. But you have no right to do that because no reason can be strong enough in relation to the future of our children," she concluded.