Petr Fiala appointed new education minister

02-05-2012

Former rector of Brno’s Masaryk University Petr Fiala was on Wednesday appointed the new education minister. Mr Fiala, who has also served as chief science and research advisor to PM Petr Nečas, assumed the post a month after his predecessor stepped down over problems with securing EU funds. The nomination of the former rector and political scientist, who is unaffiliated with any political party, was agreed upon by both parties in the ruling coalition.

Ahead of his appointment, Mr Fiala said he could not promise a miracle but would try to stabilize the education sector. The opposition has welcomed the appointment but predicted that as an independent expert, Mr Fiala will find it difficult to deal with his colleagues in the centre-right government.