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Slovakia:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

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Overview Slovakia

Contents

Slovakia:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Slovakia:Historical Development

Slovakia:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Slovakia:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Slovakia:Political and Economic Situation

Slovakia:Organisation and Governance

Slovakia:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Slovakia:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Slovakia:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Slovakia:Organisation of Private Education

Slovakia:National Qualifications Framework

Slovakia:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Slovakia:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Slovakia:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Slovakia:Funding in Education

Slovakia:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Slovakia:Higher Education Funding

Slovakia:Adult Education and Training Funding

Slovakia:Early Childhood Education and Care

Slovakia:Organisation of Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Slovakia:Assessment in Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Slovakia:Organisation of Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Slovakia:Assessment in Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Slovakia:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Slovakia:Single Structure Education (Integrated Primary and Lower Secondary Education)

Slovakia:Organisation of Single Structure Education

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Single Structure Education

Slovakia:Assessment in Single Structure Education

Slovakia:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Single Structure Education

Slovakia:Upper Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Slovakia:Organisation of Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Assessment in Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Organisation of Vocational and Technical Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Vocational and Technical Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Assessment in Vocational and Technical Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Slovakia:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Slovakia:Higher Education

Slovakia:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Slovakia:First Cycle Programmes

Slovakia:Bachelor

Slovakia:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Slovakia:Second Cycle Programmes

Slovakia:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Slovakia:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Slovakia:Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Distribution of Responsibilities

Slovakia:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Slovakia:Main Providers

Slovakia:Main Types of Provision

Slovakia:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Slovakia:Teachers and Education Staff

Slovakia:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Slovakia:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Slovakia:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Slovakia:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Management and Other Education Staff

Slovakia:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Slovakia:Management Staff for Higher Education

Slovakia:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Slovakia:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Quality Assurance

Slovakia:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Slovakia:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Educational Support and Guidance

Slovakia:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Slovakia:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Slovakia:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Slovakia:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Slovakia:Mobility and Internationalisation

Slovakia:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Mobility in Higher Education

Slovakia:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Slovakia:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Slovakia:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Slovakia:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Slovakia:National Reforms in School Education

Slovakia:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Slovakia:National Reforms in Higher Education

Slovakia:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Slovakia:European Perspective

Slovakia:Legislation

Slovakia:Institutions

Slovakia:Glossary

Quality assurance in the area of further education is provided mainly by the process of accreditation of further education programmes.

Secondary schools obtain accreditation for educational programmes of further education that are equivalent to study fields listed for the school concerned registered in the network. 

Higher education institutions obtain accreditation for educational programmes of further education based on valid accreditation of higher education study programmes.

Quality assurance is also monitored by systematic monitoring activit ies, carried out by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.


Responsible Bodies

Accreditation Commission for Further Education is an advisory body of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic. Details of the Accreditation Commission for Further Education activities are governed by its statute. Accreditation Commission for Further Education validates educational institutions’ capability of to provide educational programmes and it recommends that the Ministry issues a certificate of accreditation of an educational programme if the requirements are met.

In addition, Accreditation Commission for Further Education: 

  • Performs evaluation and monitoring of the quality of the accredited educational activities provided,  
  • Performs professional counselling activities in the area of further education for central and regional state and self-governing authorities,
  • Makes proposals for conceptual work of the ministry in this area. 
  • Authorized persons are Ministry employees and professionals from the area of educational content authorised by the Ministry to perform monitoring activity.


Approaches and Methods for Quality Assurance

Internal evaluation

All institutions providing accredited forms of education regardless of the founder, are obliged to perform evaluations concerning compliance with

  • legal regulations, 
  • educational norms and documents, 
  • purposefulness and efficiency of using the material and technical means and financial resources and personnel conditions for the educational activity, etc.



External evaluation 

Accreditation in the area of lifelong learning 

Accreditation is a state validation of higher education institutions’ capability to provide accredited educational programmes in compliance with the conditions set by the Act on lifelong learning. The accreditation is granted by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic based on the statement of the Accreditation Commission for Further Education.

Accreditation of an education programme is:  

  • assessment and confirmation of the educational programme content and extent;  
  • assessment and confirmation of the assessed educational programme’s compliance  with the respective qualification standard; 
  • validation of the educational institution’s capacity to provide educational programme in terms of personnel and equipment. 

In order for an educational programme accreditation certificate to be issued, the educational institution has to: 

  1. submit the proof of an expert guarantee’s professional and teaching competence, 
  2. submit the proof of lecturers/teachers’ professional and teaching competence, 
  3. submit the proof of material, equipment and space required for the provision of an educational programme, 
  4. submit an educational programme of appropriate extent and complexity, 
  5. Accreditation Commission’s recommendation. 

Certificate of the accreditation of an educational programme for schools is issued for the period of the introduction of a study or educational field to the respective school in the network. Certificate of the accreditation of an educational programme is issued for the period of the validity of the respective accredited higher education study programme. Certificate of accreditation of an educational programme is issued for five years to all other educational institutions. Certificate of the accreditation of an educational programme is non-transferable and cannot be transferred to the educational institution’s legal successor.



Monitoring by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic

Subject of Monitoring by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic:

  • Compliance of the accreditation requirements for educational programmes 
  • Compliance with the requirements under which the permission was granted to the educational institution

Monitoring mainly concerns:

  • Keeping the documentation of an educational programme 
  • Evaluation of the quality of an educational programme, adherence to the curriculum.
  • Equipment and personnel resources of an educational programme as compared with the educational programme project that was the subject of accreditation

The result of the monitoring performed are recorded in a protocol. If the requirements and obligations are not fulfilled, the ministry will impose measures to remedy deficiencies within a prescribed time period.Unless remedied, the ministry can use sanction mechanisms such as fines, withdrawal of the certificate of the accreditation of an educational programme and withdrawal of authorisation.


Legislative References

Act No. 568/2009 on lifelong learning and on the change and supplement to some acts as amended by subsequent provision (Act of the National Council of the SR)