The KOSINT 2020 Project Team held a public discussion on the challenges faced by students of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities at the Kosovo Public University. This public discussion was attended by representatives of civil society, municipal officials and students from the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities. Also, in this public discussion the research on the challenges of students at the university by Roma Versitas that presents this situation has been discussed.
During the public discussion, the following topics were discussed:
- University discrimination and discrimination by professors. For this issue will be also discussion during 2019, as well as reviewing the Administrative Instruction.
- To have students from Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities as representatives of student communities.
- It should be researched that where the graduates of the communities are employed and presented their successes. This informration to become public so that it encourages others to pursue their studies.
- Make a fact sheet about the number of students enrolled in universities.
- With regard to scholarships, have socio-economic scholarships and not just high grades, to give access also to other students' to pursue their studies. Any project related to scholarships is based on merit, but there should also be given opportunities for those with an average grade of 7.00. Since, the University and MEST do not allow the grade to drop for scholarships, the NGOs may sent a request to MEST to at least decrease the average grade at 7.00.
- Political parties should not be involved in sending student lists to get scholarships, as they also include Albanians, and denie the right of community students to benefit.
- To propose that the scholarship commissions also have members of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities for greater transparency.
- Verify persons declared as members of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities to not abuse the quota.
- Students from Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities who regularly register with merit in the public university, to not be as part of the quota fulfillment, so that the opportunity is given to other students who want to register based on the quota number.
- Related to career guidance it is discussed that the 12th grade students to be targeted. However, it is suggested that career orientation also begins in earlier classes. Also to have career guidance for students of 7-9 grades for vocational secondary schools, as not all choose to go to the university.