Week of student protests draws to a close

The fate of reforms in the education sector remains unclear as a week of student protest actions draws to a close. Thousands of students around the country took part in demonstrations and happenings to express their opposition to a proposed government reform which includes the implementation of university fees and which they fear would threaten the autonomy of universities and give more influence to political and economic elites. At a press briefing on Friday Education Minister Josef Dobeš expressed regret that student leaders had been unwilling to meet with him to debate the controversial plans, saying that the street was not the place to gain information or resolve problems. However student leaders have been calling for the minister’s dismissal, saying he is deaf to their arguments only wanted to hold the meeting for its media value.