Dear citizens, in the past two years we have had obstacles to start the school year on time, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which affected the disruption of the learning process and caused significant learning losses. This school year will also be challenging, due to the global economic and energy crisis, which are beyond our control.
Despite the fact that all the necessary preparations have been made, the successful start of the school year is put into question due to the strike declared by the UITUK, to which the JUESC has also joined. While our legislation recognizes the right of all workers to strike, it also recognizes the right to work of those who are not part of the strike.
Taking into account the situation on the ground, we invite parents and students to communicate directly with class teachers, classroom guardians and school management to understand if the learning process will be organized and according to which schedule.
The President of the JUESC and no one other than the central and local authorities defined by legislation, has the right to announce the closure of schools for any reason, nor to prevent those who want to work from working. Such pressures are unacceptable and punishable. Meanwhile, the speculations that, by coming to school, the safety of children may be compromised have no basis.
The Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, as well as the Government of the Republic of Kosova, have been open to dialogue with the trade unions and have addressed legitimate demands, always within the legal framework and material possibilities. We are convinced that a solution can be found for each problem, but such processes should not harm children and young people who need quality education.
We wish all students, teachers and parents a good school year with as few disturbances as possible.
Last modified: September 2, 2022