In the past month the Czech public saw the heads of two government ministers roll over suspicions of plagiarism in their university theses. A third minister only barely survived, explaining that the shortcomings in his thesis were due to inexperience in referencing sources. The scandal sparked a public debate regarding the problems of plagiarism in institutions of higher learning and how widespread a problem it is given the developments of recent weeks. I spoke to the former president of the Accreditation Commission, Vladimíra Dvořáková about plagiarism
Czech students won three gold medals and one silver medal at the
International Chemical Olympiad to finish in fourth place overall, the
country’s best showing in history.
Some 300 participants from 76 countries to part in the event. Jan Obořil, a Brno-Bystrc grammar school student, finished in eighth place. He was previously a member of a three-person team that won the European Science Olympiad.
Many Czech universities continue to accept applicants in some fields,
particularly in technical disciplines, but also some philosophical,
theological or natural sciences, as the number of applicants has dipped in
line with demographic trends.
Charles University has registered around 60,260 students this academic year, down from 62,384 a year ago. At the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen applications were down by about 1,000 applications and the Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem recorded 300 fewer applicants than last year.
Many businesses and economists complain that the number of graduates in the Czech labour force is consistently too low. Data from the Ministry of Education shows that nearly 60 percent of bachelor students in the Czech Republic are not finishing their degree. What are reasons for this high drop-out rate?
Czechs are said to be a grumpy lot, but in reality they are increasingly satisfied with life. According to a survey carried out by the faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno, Czechs are happier than they’ve been since 1991. At the same time, people are more distrustful of one another and less tolerant towards minorities, especially migrants, foreign workers and Roma. They also show less trust in education, religion and the EU.
Czech teachers’ gross monthly wage increased to 31,632 crowns last year,
which is an increase by 7.3 percent on the previous year, according to data
released by the Czech Education Ministry on Wednesday.
Over the past five years, teachers’ salaries have increased by 19 percent, which is the most rapid wage growth increase in recent years.
The average gross monthly wage in the Czech Republic increased last year by seven percent to 29,504 crowns.
Compulsory lessons in metalwork and other crafts are set to return to Czech
elementary schools, iRozhlas.cz reported on Wednesday. “Practical
studies” should make a comeback to school curriculums within two years
after agreement was reached between the prime minister in resignation,
Andrej Babiš, and representatives of trades organisations, the news
Mr. Babiš said the lack of apprentices in the Czech Republic was a major problem for the economy, which is facing a labour shortage, and that his ANO party had long been in favour of dual education, which combines class work and on-the-job training.
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.
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