Clarifications from the Ministry of Education on the issue of pre-primary education, following the Parliament's decision to reject the impeachment of the President of the Republic.
In an announcement it clarifies what will apply to the school year 2023–2024 and regarding registrations. If the law is implemented, then children from 4 years and 6 months to 6 years old will have to attend public or community kindergartens.
This is the announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
«After the decision of the House of Representatives to reject the impeachment by the President of the Republic of the Law on Compulsory Pre-Primary Education, if the law it finally comes into force as formulated by the Parliament, the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth (YPAN) points out the following:
According to Article 4 (c) of the law during the registrations that will take place in mid-January 2023 "children in Pre-Primary education attend public kindergartens in their region or in community kindergartens".
According to the transitional provisions and article 8 of the law, all children between the ages of 4 years and 6 months to 6 years of age should attend Pre-Primary Education for the school year 2023-24.
According to these provisions, in January 2023 parents who until now had their children of these ages in private kindergartens will have to move them and enroll them in a public or community kindergarten. At the same time, parents with children of these ages who will enroll them in a kindergarten for the first time, should know that they are no longer given the option to enroll in a private kindergarten.
Consequently and based on the available data and in order, as the legislation provides, for pre-primary children to attend public and community kindergartens, the parents of children under the age of 4 years and 6 months (non-compulsory education), who until now secured a place in public kindergartens (about two thousand children), they should know that from January 2023 they will have to enroll in private kindergartens, since there will no longer be places and the possibility of enrolling them in public schools (since all the children of compulsory pre-primary education).
After the registrations of January 2023, depending on the geographical distribution and if places will not be available, parents will be informed in order to investigate whether there are places available in community kindergartens.
It should also be clarified that community kindergartens Kindergartens have until now accepted children younger than the age of compulsory Pre-Primary education. Regardless of the philosophy of the law, it is not certain that these schools will give priority to children of compulsory pre-primary education age. While even where this can be done, parents of younger children who until now attend community schools paying low fees, should be forced to enroll their children in private kindergartens.
On the basis of so far known geographic distribution and the needs covered by community kindergartens, it must be considered certain that a certain number of children in compulsory Pre-Primary Education will not be able to enroll in a school in their educational district.»