The director of the Czech National Gallery, Jiří Fajt, has filed a
complaint against President Miloš Zeman at the Constitutional Court over
the latter’s refusal to appoint him professor, Lidovky.cz reported on
Thursday. Lower courts have in the past rejected similar complaints from
Mr. Zeman refused to sign decrees making Mr. Fajt and two others professors, citing what he said were serious transgressions in their pasts. In Mr. Fajt’s case, the president said his salary at the National Gallery had been supplemented by a bank. The former said this claim was untrue and accused Mr. Zeman of wilful behaviour.
Police are investigating the cause of an explosion outside the main
building of Masaryk University in Brno that injured two people on Thursday.
A pressure bottle reportedly exploded in a van parked on the premises. The police have ruled out terrorism. The damage is expected to exceed one million crowns.
As in previous weeks, academicians and university representatives are
expected to gather before the seat of the government to demand an increase
in next year’s state budget.
On Friday, university representatives said they would settle for a budget bump of 3.0 billion crowns, a billion-and-a-half less than they had called for until now, which they had been promised by then-Education Minister Kateřina Valachová.
They made clear they would continue protests in October if the amount were any less.
Teens in the Czech Republic get, on average, almost 700 crowns from their parents per month, according to a study focusing on financial literacy conducted by ČSOB bank. According to the survey, for around 12 percent, those funds are not enough. Financial literacy has been a compulsory subject in the classroom for four years.
In recent years there has been an increase in the number of secondary
school students suffering from various forms of learning disabilities such
as dyslexia and dysgraphia, according to the Czech Education Ministry.
The fact that this increase is not registered in primary schools suggests that such defects are long undetected, the ministry says in a report released on Dyslexia Day, marked for the 8th time this year.
Some statistics suggest that up to 15 percent of the population suffer from some learning disability. Experts believe that dyslexia is most often hereditary but can also be caused by problems during pregnancy or an injury.
Schoolchildren across the country returned to the classroom at nursery schools, elementary and high schools on Monday drawing an end to two months’ summer holidays. This year, an estimated 108,000 children entered the first grade, a drop for the first time in years by around 9,200. By contrast, for the first time in 10 years the number of first-year high schoolers is up, at 102,400 – a difference of 1,500 from September 2016.
Czech school children and secondary school students return to classrooms on
Monday. This year, there will be around 108,000 first graders, which is
significantly fewer than in the previous years.
As of this September, children who turn five by the end of August must be registered in kindergartens.
The beginning of the new school year will be marked by pressure from the teachers’ unions who are seeking pay rise of 15 percent for educators and 10 percent for non-teaching staff.
The representatives of the unions said earlier they were ready to call a strike alert if the coalition government council didn’ t agree to meet their demands for higher pay on Monday.
The teachers’ unions have said they will call a strike alert if the
coaltion government council does not agree to meet their demands for higher
pay next Monday; the unions are seeking pay rise of 15 percent for
educators and 10 percent for non-teaching staff. The unions made the
announcement during a demonstration at Prague’s Bethlehem Chapel on
Friday, ahead of the new school year.
The Czech Rectors Conference is considering an extraordinary meeting on September 6, to consider possible steps such as delaying the start of the semester at universities if higher wages are not introduced.
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