21:59 / 05.07.2022.

Author: Katja Miličić

Paper claims First Lady pressured school to change son’s grades

Sanja Musić Milanović and Zoran Milanović

Sanja Musić Milanović and Zoran Milanović

Foto: HTV / HRT

The paper Jutarnji list has reported that First Lady Sanja Musić Milanović pressured her son's high school to change two of his grades to higher ones. 

This took place after the end of the school year and the grades had already been issued. The paper claims the 17-year-old’s grades in Latin and math were raised giving the President's son a perfect 5.0 grade point average. The President denies the report and claims the paper is misreporting the facts.

"My wife Sanja wrote an email. She left a wide trail. She wrote it, she signed her name to it. And that was two weeks ago. She listed some examples of the work of a particular math teacher to which she objects. And these things can be easily checked,” the President said.

The President and First Lady say the email only laid out her issues with the teacher’s professional conduct. The President says the paper has no evidence that the First Lady’s email had any effect on the outcome.

“That's the only bit of evidence that this criminal organization, this media outlet that was taken over illegally six years ago, has except for some anonymous sources that we are supposed to believe,” said Milanović.

The reporter who wrote the story says he contacted the First Lady via email to get her side but she did not respond.

The Ministry of Science and Education is looking into whether the grades were changed, and if they were, how and why, says Minister Radovan Fuchs. He said pressure on teachers coming from parents has increased significantly in recent years, which is why parent teacher consultations are no longer possible during the last month of classes.

"The parents that are putting pressure on teachers on behalf of their kids are doing them no favors. I would also like to add, that these teachers, who know these students, are the only ones that can assess their knowledge. Teachers should resist any kind of pressure," Fuchs said.

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