Tough test awaits minister
PITY the next education minister. He or she will take over at a time when the sector has never been more vital to the success of our society as a whole, but also a time when money for expansion and badly needed reform will be hard to come by.
And the new minister cannot avoid tackling a much-neglected problem. A new system must be found to replace the present all-but-complete religious control of schools. That means difficult and intense negotiations, and issues of conflicting rights.
In the meantime, early solutions need to be found for problems of conflicting rights that already exist.