The Ministry of Education had no clear goals or methods for evaluation cash
given to charities working with children and young people between 2014 and
That’s one of the conclusions of the state spending watchdog, the Supreme Audit Office, in a report published on Monday.The watchdog investigated 67 projects supported over the period to the tune of 509 million crowns.
It found the ministry had no overall target for what it was doing. In addition, it also acted in a non-transparent way and broke its own support guidelines when allocating money.
The ministry said it had acted transparently and added that new general criteria had been put in place in 2015.
Almost half of Czech teachers are in danger of experiencing burnout
syndrome, suggests a study conducted by the Faculty of Pedagogy at Charles
University in Prague, Czech Television reported. Two and a half thousand
teachers were interviewed for the survey.
The study found that one-fifth of respondents had signs of medium to severe signs psychological problems and were in need of specialised care.
Excessive administration, difficulties with both pupils and parents and the low prestige of a profession that is not paid highly in the Czech Republic were given as reasons for the threat of burnout.
Education Minister Robert Plaga on Monday handed appointment decrees to 52
new professors of institutions of higher education at Prague’s Charles
University. They are leading personalities in field of natural sciences,
medicine, technology and the arts.
Among the well-known names are film director Helena Treštíiková who has made over 40 documentaries and won numerous awards and cameraman Vladitmír Smutný who has won six Czech Lion Awards for Best Camera.
A biggest group ever of Czech scientists, including nine women, are heading for their annual expedition to the Czech base on James Ross Island in the Antarctic. Apart from a long-term research of climate change, Czech scientists will also be testing various commercial products in local extreme weather conditions.
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.
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