Town’s Bosniaks Cautiously Agree to Segregation in School

Prominent members of the Bosniak community in the town of Jajce said they would accept separate high schools for the children of town’s Bosniaks and Croats if the existing school continues teaching according to the Croatian curriculum.

“The current situation in (the town’s high school) does not meet the educational and national interests of Bosniaks in Jajce, due to the fact that the curriculum of a neighboring country (Croatia) is taught, and (children) are taught about our country only briefly; the only official language in the school is Croatian”, according to a statement of the town’s Bosniak community.

The issue picked up media attention last year, when the Jajce high school students from both communities protested against the local government’s decision to start a new school with the Bosnian curriculum for the children of town’s Bosniaks. The decision was put on hold, but now the plan to have “two schools under one roof” is on again.

“The formation of a (…) high school was not the request of Bosniaks in Jajce, but we accept such a solution, which will enable us to exercise our rights, after almost 20 years of understanding, patience (…) and struggle to avoid segregation,” the statement said.

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