On Thursday, 1st 4th 2004 took place in cinema in Prague Perštýn a public debate on the topic: High schools – we want to be a country of fools? Debate was organized jointly by consortia Agora CE People newspaper. Among the invited guests were …
On Thursday, 1st 4th 2004 took place in cinema in Prague Perštýn a public debate on the topic: High schools – we want to be a country of fools? Debate was organized jointly by consortia Agora CE People newspaper. Among the invited guests were Peter Bilik, a teacher from UP Olomouc, the initiator of the call Count with us, then Petra Buzkova, but which has not appeared, Peter Matějů, researcher at the Institute of Sociology ASCR, Chairman of the ISEA, Petr Kolar, Deputy Education Minister for Science and Higher School and George Zlatuška, Rector of Masaryk University in Brno and the senator.
The debate was divided into three thematic blocks, there was talk nejříve about the admission procedure, then the reform of higher education. Time dedicated the third part, namely the high schools in the EU, was exhausted conversation sometimes bordering on an argument about reform, a subject that fires the most. Reform is is inextricably linked with paying tuition. Among the participants of the debate were also students supporting the Week of Unrest, who frequently entered the debate with their opinions.
In the block of přijímačkách among the guests still there was consensus that the candidates for the study of social conditions are worse off and harder if they succeed, then a much larger effort. He also opened a corruption problem, everyone agreed that this problem exists, it must be addressed and dealt with inadequately. There were some critical remarks on the Law Faculty of Charles University, mainly from its own ranks of the faculty.
The greatest problems of the Czech public higher education named rector of Masaryk University and Senator Zlatuška that universities still look back back and do not follow that no general policy. Peter Matějů said it was a mistake to grant full autonomy to universities before they reformed. According to him, is the most powerful lobbies prevent internal school reform act directly on them. Petr Bilik contrary, sees the roots of problems in the past and also in access to higher education: „All we like it, we all want a lot of college students, but none for doing nothing.“ Matějů Peter suggested that reform should begin structuring studies at undergraduate and Master's degree. Participation in the financing of studies, the students do the clients of schools (today their hostages), which contribute to pressure on schools and hence their reform. Payment of tuition fees is to make students more responsibility for learning, they are then more will choose to give their money to the University. Zlatuška but said the fact that changes are necessary, without looking at finance, school reform, according to him not subject to allocation of a larger sum from the state budget. The audience responded to all suggestions and comments very vividly, for example, pointed to long-term immigrant donations to a system that works in the U.S., where successful alumni support „their“ university. The contribution to the debate ended suggestive question: „Do you know how much money it could give ALL Klaus?“
While Zlatuška sees as the possibility of introducing tuition fees (which current law allows) in the amount of CZK 10 000 per year, Matějů argues that low tuition fees would solve nothing. First to be solved and implement social assistance for students from low-income families and saving for education, with state support, and only then can proceed to the introduction of tuition fees. Where to take the means but failed to indicate. Bilik reiterated the view previously presented Teresa Brdečka that any money into education přitečou are good. Also, Petr Kolar advocated massive investment in education, but it sounded like repeated unfulfilled election promises. At the end of the debate Zlatuška said that according to him should take the Senate bill, which he and his colleagues proposed, should be introduced tuition fees, schools should not be forced to return at the end of unspent funds and the state should allocate money to schools depending on how many students interested in studying at the school.
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