Next month, the Swiss will vote on a unified education system. Right now, schooling is run by the 26 cantons with each having its own education law. The new system, up for referendum on May 21, will enable the cantons to discuss and set uniform standards for the country.
In the event of disagreement, the federal government will prevail in only four matters: educational targets, the age at which children start school, the length of schooling and recognition of diplomas.
Cantons have resisted previous attempts to harmonise the educations systems but in December the Senate adopted a constitutional article to harmonise the various systems and 22 cantons agreed to the reform.