The most recent OECD Education at a Glance report finds that in the Czech Republic, gender pay gap is among the highest and spending per student from primary to tertiary level is among the lowest in OECD.
According ot OECD, in the Czech Republic, 93% of tertiary-educated men are employed, compared with 71% of tertiary-educated women. In 2016, 35-44 year-old women with a tertiary education earned 66% of what their male counterparts earned. Between 2010 and 2015, the number of students in tertiary education fell by 13%. The number of students in primary,secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education fell by 3%. This lead to an increase in expenditure per student of 22% and 10%, respectively.
A teacher with typical qualification at the top of the scale of teachers' earnings earns about 60% of what other tertiary-educated, full-time employees earn. Heads of schools in the Czech Republic earn nearly the same as other tertiary-educated workers in primary and secondary schools and pre-primary heads earn only 74% of what other tertiary-educated workers earn. In the Czech Republic, the number of teaching hours is lower than in most other countries observed and teacher in the country are slightly older than the average across OECD.
The Czech education system is very decentralised, OECD says: only 2% of the decisions concerning lower secondary education is taken by the central government, withe 68% taken by schools themselves, including hiring, dismissals, and design of the programmes of study (within a framework set by the central government) - one of the highest percentages across OECD.
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