New classes may solve capacity issue in Czech high schools
New classes could be set up in high schools to help education facilities with a high number of applicants, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala (ODS) announced on Thursday.
Fiala met with representatives of the association of Czechia’s regions and Education Minister Mikuláš Bek (STAN) on Thursday.
The issue is partly caused by the current group of students entering secondary education who were born at a time with higher birth rates.
But the situation varies from region to region, Fiala added.
Especially in the biggest cities of Prague and Brno, as well as in the Central Bohemian Region, schools are currently unable to cope with the high numbers of applicants, which some have termed a systemic problem.
Long but also short-term solutions are needed, with the short-term one having to include filling classes to maximum capacity, he added.
Suggestions have also been made that the current admissions system for Czech high schools is digitised. However, Bek said that it may be risky to launch such a system too soon before it has been properly prepared and that the situation will become clearer around September.
The current problem is more of a logistical issue rather than a problem caused by a lack of financing, he added.
(Ondřej Plevák | EURACTIV.cz)