During their 29th Saturday’s gathering, the Belgraders protested over the latest scandal with the final Math test for the eighth-graders which was leaked on the Internet and demanded that the Education Minister Mladen Sarcevic took responsibility for it.
The demand comes after eighth-graders demonstrated for three days in the city during, demanding Sarcevic’ s resignation.
Crowd gartered at the Terazije central square on Saturday evening to listen to addresses by #1 in 5 million protests’ organizers, the education union representatives and those speaking about the position of young people in the country.
The speakers said the Minister should bear responsibility for his “arrogance and huge problems in education.”
Sarcevic tried to shift his responsibility by accusing several people of causing the problem with the Math test, Vesna Vojvodic Mitrovic, the spokesperson of the ‘Independence’ education union, said at the protest:
“My pupils want to leave the country because they don’t see themselves living in the system dominated by nepotism and fake diplomas,” she said, adding “the authorities are giving out promises like sedatives, to calm down the people’s conscience.”
The president of the Association for the Protection of Constitutionality and Legality, Savo Manojlovic announced that, as of June 24th until June 29th, citizens can sign an initiative for the abolition of reality shows, in which the protesters demand that reality their broadcast should be at least limited to maximum 3 hours a day and that the TV stations in Serbia should have a mandatory children’s programme that would last at least half an hour a day.
The protesters also walked to the building that houses the state-run Radio and Television of Serbia (RTS), protesting because the public broadcaster never reported about individuals who were attacked and beaten by the people close to the authorities.
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