The Czech Republic’s Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes has launched a new project to help teachers in primary and secondary schools make history classes more engaging. Called Obrazy války or Images of War, it focuses on the period of the Second World War and provides teachers with alternative study materials, based on photographs and film clips.
Czech schools are lacking 1,800 teachers but that figure could rise to as
many as 6,000 in September, according to research carried out by the
Ministry of Education released on Tuesday. Around 9 percent of classes are
currently given by unqualified teachers or by qualified educators forced to
work overtime, the report found after collating data from 99 percent of the
Women continue to strongly dominate in the profession in the Czech Republic, with only around one-fifth of teachers being men. The average age of a teacher in this country is 47.2.
An increasing number of school children complain of cyber-bullying,
according to data released by the help-line Linka bezpečí, which is
available for children under 18.
The helpline addresses around 1,800 to 2,300 calls each year concerning incidents of school bullying. Over the past nine years, an increasing number of such cases involve cyber-bullying, for instance attacks via e-mail or posting offensive material on the internet.
According to the Ministry of Education, most cases of bullying, around two thirds, are registered in primary schools. Children who call the Linka bezpečí helpline are usually in the 10-to-16 age group.
A film festival being held in tandem with the 100-year anniversary of the
founding of Masaryk University kicks off in Brno on Friday.
The three-day Munifesto Film Festival will feature 19 screenings leading school personalities in education and other fields, as well as student films.
Among those invited is filmmaker Martin Huba, who directed a biopic of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, the first Czechoslovak president.
The number of Czech children attending international schools either abroad
or in the Czech Republic has risen sharply in the last decade, according to
figures from the Ministry of Education cited by the Czech News Agency.
Whereas there were 2,744 Czechs enrolled at international schools in the
2008–2009 academic year, today that figure has risen to 9,274.
Of those attending such institutions in the Czech Republic the highest number is in Prague, followed by the Moravian Silesian Region.
Several top Czech universities have introduced new electronic tools such as
Turnitin to detect plagiarism following high-profile scandals, the daily
Over the past three years, Charles University has rejected the academic theses of nearly 50 students after software flagged their work for plagiarism, triggering a review.
Palacky University in Olomouc and Masaryk University in Brno are among the institutions of higher learning now reviewing past theses submitted over the past decade or so.
Over the past year, two government ministers were pushed to resign over allegations of plagiarism, as was the head of the Institute of World History at Charles University.
Doctoral students in the Czech Republic are complaining that they don’t
receive sufficient financial support from the state, Czech Radio reported
on Sunday. Although the government recently raised the monthly payment to
PhD students by almost 50 percent, up to 11,000 crowns (around 428 euros)
per month, many of them still have to seek extra income.
According to the data released by the Ministry of Education, the drop-out rate among PhD students is around fifty percent. Nearly 10,000 students started their doctoral studies in the Czech Republic in the academic year 2014-2015, but only 4,749 of them graduated in 2017-2018.
Young Czech women surpass men in education, according to data released by
the Czech Statistics Office.
Over 40 percent of young women have a university degree, which is 13 percent more than their male contemporaries.
More women than men also speak two or more foreign languages, according to a survey conducted between 2010 and 2017.
Although an increasing number of women are overqualified for their jobs, they make on average 25 percent less than men.
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