The ministers of finance and education agreed Monday on a draft budget for
the education sector of 213 billion crowns in 2020, roughly 8 percent more
than this year. That includes an extra1 billion crowns earmarked mainly to
recruit new teachers.
Minister of Education Robert Plaga (ANO) said more teachers will be needed in the coming years due to higher birth rates earlier in this decade.
The draft budget counts on raising teachers’ salaries by 10 percent next year and by 9 percent in 2021, in line with the government’s pledge to raise salaries in the education sector to 150 percent of 2017 levels.
The Ministry of Education has failed to standardise and implement key parts
of a strategy for teaching information technology in primary and secondary
schools, the Supreme Audit Office (SAO) says in its latest report.
The Ministry has yet to create a standard for teaching basic IT knowledge to students, as required in the Digital Education Strategy adopted in November 2014 for the period up to 2020, the auditors say
At the same time, the Supreme Audit Office says Czech schools have been allocated too little money for computer equipment and must rely too heavily on EU funds, which are not a stable source in the long term.
A Ministry spokesperson rejected the Office’s findings as misleading. They draw on data from 2011 to 2018 and don’t take into account steps implemented this year and planned through 2020, the spokesperson said.
For the first time ever, ten Czech students were admitted to the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program this year, giving them the chance to spend an academic year in the United States living with a volunteer host family and attending a U.S. high school. As they embarked on their adventure on Monday, the US ambassador to Prague, Stephen King, came to Prague airport to wish them a great year.
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.
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