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.
The teachers’ unions have said they do not want to threaten strike action
as long as negotiations continue. Instead, representatives will repeat
their demands at a demonstration planned at Prague’s Bethlehem Chapel on
the first day of the academic year, September 1.
Union and university representatives outlined the situation at a press conference Monday; the unions are seeking a pay rise of 15 percent for teachers and 10 percent for non-teaching staff. University representatives are seeking a 4.5 billion crown increase in the annual budget compared to last year.
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