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Interview with Minister of Education

Wondering what you think about the state maturitách Education Minister Ondrej Liska? What does the tuition and sees what the biggest problems of the Czech education system? Closer to its vision in this interview.

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** Why do you think are important to the state graduation? Consider the introduction of the current state graduation examination in 2010 for real? ** Definitely. We have no choice but further delays have been simply can not afford. The state graduation he actually worked since 1997 at different times had different ideas (vs. single-level. Two level, etc.), the Education Act 2004 was eventually pushed through a variant of the less fortunate. Will present „graduation“ amendment to the Education Act, to correct deficiencies. In that form, as proposed, will be beneficial and safe. The latter adjective is relevant, let us remember what happened around the tests in the past two years.

** Do you think the state of maturity in the form currently planned to replace the entrance examination for high school? ** At some universities definitely yes, but it does not happen now. In any event, my main goal is to ensure the quality level of final exams and return to their lost prestige. Only then will the matter of public policy and objective information for the tertiary education sector, the labor market and students themselves.

** You have repeatedly said that during your term fees will be introduced. This sentence is still true? You are not personally advocate the introduction of school fees, say, in the longer term? ** I do not change opinions from day to day. Government's policy statement, which I am a member, speaks clearly in this direction. The deferred fees and forms are discussing, which is absolutely legitimate. The Ministry of Education have supporters and opponents of deferred tuition fees, but the discussion does not take place ideologically. I think we all agree that the necessary and inevitable to get into tertiary education privately. Without them, we can not do long-term higher education. For me to pay a conditio sine qua non: social resistance. Any deferred fees, which would certainly contribute to financing higher education to graduate from the revenue, should stimulate the development of higher education, it must open up more candidates than ever before. It is a paradox, but it's at first glance it may seem, there are dozens of studies on this topic.

To summarize it somehow encapsulated: reserves of the Czech Republic in the number of university educated people are generally known. Path is greater involvement of private finance and corporate sectors. Deferred tuition certainly do not rule as one of the options, but must be well to consider the pros and cons, and set the system to exclude anyone, but rather to expand learning opportunities at university. A more detailed summary of my views on the topic can be found here:…ho-se-nekona. This is an article that we are together with prof. Peter Matějů, director of analytical-conceptual wrote for the Department of Ministry of Economic newspaper.

** Conforms to your system, which is set to award scholarships for accommodation? Are you planning any modifications? ** I believe that the current system – though initially met with skepticism by the university students – now works pretty well. Substantive change in the moment, not preparing.

** The media has repeatedly warned that the decline in the number of people interested in practice-oriented and vocational courses. Do you think this problem really exists? If so, how would he change? ** Number of candidates in these fields is declining, it does not provide preparation for university studies. On the other hand constantly increasing number of students studying in high school. But I think that the establishment of new schools is not the way forward, from demographic point of view. The problem you're talking about, of course there is. It is partly solved by the curriculum reform of vocational education, which is taking place (in the framework of reducing the number of branches by half!), The corporate sector through cooperation and technical education, which is sure to be strengthened by state graduation. But contrary to the basic contours of the problem: labor market requirements for highly educated and flexible workforce, not much we can do.

** What do you think is currently the biggest problem in the Czech education system? ** When you ask the question follows immediately surface in my mind state graduation, higher education reform, teacher salaries, other steps in the curriculum reform of elementary and secondary education, the elimination of discrimination and barriers of all kinds … I will still subject to write the article, but those problems are many, are very complex and it is simply impossible to describe the intelligent reader of your site so succinctly.

** In an interview of January 2008 you said: "We need to give managers the tools which would motivate young teachers to not only go to school, but most remain. Could you please specify these tools? **

It's easy – the directors should have more opportunity to influence the amount of the salaries of its teachers. Curricular reform and the elimination of rigid curriculum teaching profession certainly attractive, but make no mistake – the key is mainly pay. Though of course one can not overlook the educational content of his work is very attractive and interesting, but it can be fully reflected until the right moment is properly evaluated.

** What is your view of the growing number of university students from Slovakia, the Czech students at state universities? Czechs interested in studying the Slovak Republic, by contrast, negligible. What this trend is beneficial for the Czech Republic? ** It is obvious: the fact that many students and students from Slovakia here after graduation and will begin work with us. This Czech Republic returns the capital to invest in them. On the other hand, it is true that the disparity to which the note is a cause for concern. But I believe that the ongoing European integration and European education policy will bring to this area over time some balance.

** You have graduated in political science and religious studies at Masaryk University. Do you think that the knowledge acquired during their studies to apply in the position of Minister of Education? (Please be specific.) ** Definitely helps me understanding the political and administrative processes, but I also earned my previous work experience in Brussels, the Chamber of Deputies or the organization. Religion in my politics fit too, although it seems. But while the political scientist is a professional vystudovaného policy actually developing skills and contributing back to a deeper understanding of politics as a field, I dare say that the same can be said of my second discipline, religious studies. Knowledge of, I say fit, but I do not know if I'm getting through the work of MPs and ministers better religious-studies. In Europe and the U.S. to work in the public sphere (and I have in mind a proactive policy), most often a prerequisite for economic, legal and political science education.

** On our site has long been trying to promote higher education. What makes you think the greatest contribution to higher education? Why should young people continue their education? ** If they want to succeed in the labor market, they should study as long as possible, of course, if you have the desire and ability. But here we solve the problem, rather the opposite – a high school not as many people as we wish, and let the talents lie fallow. This must change. Knowledge society, we want to create (anything else we indeed do, if our goal is to change the Czech Republic in a large assembly plants), requires a much higher proportion of university educated people than we have at present. The pressure on the education and skills of the labor market is quite evident.

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