HDZ and HNS representatives were in talks late Thursday to hammer out education reform plan (Photo: Sanjin Strukic/PIXSELL) HDZ and HNS representatives were in talks late Thursday to hammer out education reform plan (Photo: Sanjin Strukic/PIXSELL)

The key conclusion of the meeting was a consensus to introduce a complete overhaul of the elementary and high school curriculum through a pilot-program in the 2018-2019 school year.

Sources also say that neither current chair Dijana Vican nor Education Minister Blaženka Divjak will preside over a special commission tasked with implementing the government's education strategy.There has been some buzz that Prime Minister Andrej Plenković himself may take chairmanship of the commission.

The special commission, currently headed by Vican, is closing in on a September 8 deadline to hand in the final draft of an action plan that would serve as the basis for all activities related to curricular reform, Vesna Bedeković, the chair of the parliament's education committee told reporters.

After that document has been recieved, changes will be made to the special commission in order to place additional emphasis on including all stakeholders, said Science and Education Minister Blaženka Divjak. The specifics of this are not clear. The members of the commission are likely to be reshuffled and Divjak declined to say if that meant that she or someone else rather than Vican would chair the commission.

"The final and most important conclusion is that in the 2018/2019 school year we will begin the pilot phase of the curricular reform program," Divjak added.