President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic on Tuesday organised an ad hoc meeting between Education Minister Predrag Sustar and Boris Jokic, who had stepped down as head of the task force for curriculum reform, and the meeting took place in the President's office a day before scheduled protest rallies in support to the task force.
After the meeting, Jokic said dialogue was open but stopped short of saying if he would change his mind and continue as head of the expert team.
Grabar-Kitarovic has recently called for the continuation of the curriculum reform and added that the task force for the curriculum reform, headed by 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 wrote in a letter on this topic a few days ago.
After today's meeting, the President told the press conference that it was important to hold a public debate on the matter, and promised that she would do her best to eliminate any political influence from the process of curricular reform.
Jokic said that it was professionals, rather than political parties, that should have a say in the matter.
Sustar called for defusing the entire situation and bringing the matter of curricular reform back to the Croatian institutions.
Representatives of 16 unions, employers' and civil society associations said earlier on Tuesday 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.