Slovak schools could close this winter over rising energy prices

(EurActiv, 30 Aug 2022) Schools may be forced to shut down in winter due to the dramatic increase in electricity and heating prices, schools and municipalities representatives have warned.

For schools in southern-Slovak city Rimavská Sobota, energy bills will rise by more than 350%. A primary school in the city that used to pay just €1,321 per month will pay a total of €5,890 per month from September.

“I’ve never experienced this. I only vaguely remember what is ahead of us from my student days, when schools were closed and coal holidays were announced because of the energy crisis during socialism,” Anita Antalová, the school’s headmistress, told denník SME.

Mayor Jozef Šimko pointed out that if the government does not take action quickly, schools in the town and across Slovakia will be forced to close.

“We would only leave one or two buildings open so others wouldn’t have to be heated. Classes would be in shifts – one school or lower grades in the morning, the other or older students in the afternoon,” said Šimko.

Classes could be conducted online, said Antalová, who also proposed a two-month holiday during the winter instead of next summer.

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EurActiv, 30 Aug 2022: Slovak schools could close this winter over rising energy prices