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After the parents from Oslobodioci Beograda Elementary School filed complaints that the school had denied their plea to approve the use of free of charge textbooks for at least some of the school subjects due to harsh material conditions, the Protector of Citizens launched the investigation to control work legality and regularity of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and the School in Belgrade.

Due to the possibility of jeopardizing and violating child rights, the Protector of Citizens has requested the line Ministry and Oslobodioci Beograda Elementary to submit within 15 days detailed information on their acting, as well as on measures and activities taken in this case.

In addition, the Protector of Citizens has requested the line Ministry and the School to notify him whether the Parents’ Council of Oslobodioci Beograda Elementary participated in the procedure of textbooks selection as stipulated by Article 120, paragraph 6, items 3 and 7 of the Law on the Fundamentals of the Education System, and in what way.

The Ministry and the school should further inform the Protector of Citizens on the criteria on which the Oslobodioci Beograda Elementary School based textbooks selection and on the manner how the criteria for textbooks selection were evaluated.

The Protector of Citizens has particularly requested the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development to notify him whether there has been a universal and single manner of evaluating the criteria for the selection of textbooks for all elementary schools.

The complaint that parents from Oslobodioci Beograda Elementary School filed to the Protector of Citizens reads that, due to the harsh financial situation caused by the Covid-19 epidemic, a large number of parents asked the school principal to grant the possibility of procuring at least some of free textbooks approved, as parents report, by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, but that their requests were declined.