Due to the Covid-19 epidemic and distance learning, the possibility of extending the school year to holidays was discussed last year, but the school year ended as usual at the end of June. In the current school year, the debate has reopened.
A tip-off is also against
In April, for example, on the Epicentrum program, former Health Minister Roman Prymula stated (to YES) that he would support a one-month extension of the school year from summer vacation. The Minister of Education, Robert Blaga (YES), rejected this, as did the option to repeat the entire school year.
Instead, his office wants to support the organization of summer teaching camps in the summer, which would help reduce inequality in access to education and, where appropriate, help children’s mental health.
Schools: Teaching is not interrupted
Now representatives of the Primary School Principals Association and the Teachers’ Platform have confirmed that teaching was not interrupted until the time the school closed. According to them, the staff worked in more difficult conditions than usual and it was also a requirement for the pupils, who had to continue learning and completing tasks.
According to representatives of both organizations, now everyone deserves a rest during the holidays.
If someone feels their children should learn, let them take advantage of the summer camps. General holidays default does not make sense for everyone
Petra Mazankova, teacher platform
According to Luboš Zajíc, member of the association council and director of Pečka Primary School, the pupils may not have learned all the usual curricula from a distance, but on the other hand they have become more knowledgeable about digital technologies and have acquired a lot of new skills such as independence and organizing their time.
“If someone feels their children should learn, let them take advantage of the summer camps.” “The general shortening of the holidays does not make sense for everyone,” added Petra Mazankova, Head of Teachers’ Platform.
It also indicated that teachers are entitled to statutory leave and that extending teaching up to vacations could, among other things, endanger summer camps and family holidays.
10,000 pupils outside
According to the March report of the Czech School Inspection Authority (I), nearly 10,000 pupils have not participated in distance education. According to the inspection, nearly 50,000 children learned distance learning at the beginning of this year without directly participating in online teaching, although the vast majority of schools have switched to, according to Mazankova, nearly 98 percent. There are approximately 1.4 million pupils in primary and secondary schools in the Czech Republic.
The teachers platform has about 900 teachers and has a Facebook group of 16,400 members. According to the Ministry of Education, there are around 170,000 teachers in the Czech Republic.