Despite the Czech school system maintaining a relatively strong position in international testing, the ratio of what the country’s teachers earn in comparison to other university graduates is among the lowest in the OECD. The government’s manifesto promises to increase the amount of investment in schooling, but it will likely be a long time before the effects become evident.
Lecturers and students at Masaryk University in Brno have developed an interactive game that focuses on teaching the ability to distinguish between disinformation and trustworthy news. The length of one game is especially taylored to fit into an hour of teaching at school and its developers hope that it will be implemented by schools, orphanages and old age homes.
The Education Ministry has earmarked 310 million crowns to support
cooperation between Czech and American researchers.
The money will go to 46 selected research projects selected in a public tender announced in March under the Inter-Excellence programme, which promotes cooperation between research centres in the two countries.
Originally, the ministry had set aside 250 million crowns in support, but raised it due to the high number of deserving, quality projects, a deputy minister said.
Charles University is the third-best institution of higher education in
Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, according to a ranking
published by the British educational society Quacquarelli Symonds.
The Prague-based university, founded in 1348, is on par with the State University of St. Petersburg and ranked below two other Russian universities: Lomonosov Moscow State University and Novosibirsk State University.
Ranked ninth and eleventh, respectively, are the Technical University of Prague (ČVUT) and Masaryk University of Brno. In total, eight Czech universities or colleges are in the Top 100.
The number of teaching assistants working with special needs pupils in the
Czech schools system has doubled in the last three years, Czech Television
reported on Sunday. However, principals say there are still not enough
assistants to meet requirements.
The Ministry of Education intends to refine the conditions for appointing assistants. An amendment to a government edict on inclusion in education is now undergoing a comments procedure. Inclusive education was introduced in 2016.
Most teaching assistants receive only around CZK 14,000 a month, which makes it hard for schools to make hires, Czech Television reported.
Less than a fortnight before Czechs go to the polls to vote in local and Senate elections, the country’s teenagers had a chance to cast their ballot in mock local elections. The undertaking aims to interest teenagers in politics, active citizenship and let them experience what voting in elections involves.
Secondary schools across the Czech Republic are holding mock local
elections on Monday a fortnight before the actual elections take place.
The event, which is being held for the 10th time in succession, is organized by the NGO People in Need.
Its aim is to interest children aged over-15 in politics and local affairs and let them experience what voting in elections involves.
The results of the vote will be announced next Tuesday. Local elections and elections to a third of seats in the Senate are due to be held on October 5-6.
Education experts who met with President Zeman on Saturday agreed that the
concept of inclusive education should be applied within reason, rather than
across the board.
President Zeman has been a vocal critic of the 2016 law on inclusive education, arguing that it would hurt both healthy children and children with disabilities by putting them in unfair competition.
Education Minister Robert Plaga said soon after taking office that the idea of inclusive education needed to be revised and the concept applied with common sense.
He said schools for children with special needs would definitely remain part of the education system.
Secondary-school graduates in the Czech Republic earn about one third more during their lifetimes than do graduates of vocational schools and about 60 percent more than people with basic education, suggests a new study carried out by the Czech Republic’s Agency for Social Inclusion, quoted by the daily Mladá Fronta dnes.
Among the new generation of teachers, there is a significant range in their
own literacy, mathematical and other skills, pointing to regional and
institutional inequalities in pedagogical education, a new study by the
IDEA Institute says.
According to the study, differences in the quality of education provided by various teaching faculties are widening. The respective competency of older generations of teachers does not vary to such an extent, regardless of where they earned their degrees, it says.
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