Recently, Slovakia has been dealing with a political debate over the languages currently taught in school. A new amendment has been introduced called the School Act Amendment that would make English compulsory for all students in Grade 3 or higher.
Currently, Slovak is the official language in Slovakia and is spoken by 5 million people. Students who are studying at a minority school may also learn Hungarian or Ukrainian. As a second language, students also have the option to take a foreign language like English or German.
Now, this system is being reevaluated. The School Act Amendment would make English a required language for all students in Slovakia. Sounds like a good idea? Controversy has surrounded this amendment and has started a debate. Why, you may ask?
This legislation would require English be taught to all school children in Slovakia. The current president, Ivan Gasparovic, has supported the bill saying that it will encourage students to learn two languages fluently. Opponents, however, say that English should not be a required language as there are other languages that may be more useful.
This just shows how important language is in the 21st century and the strides countries are making to equip their citizens with the necessary tools to be a part of the international community.