Economic policy / Education

This section reports on economic policy initiatives of the Czech government, the EU, and other entities that have a direct impact on the competitiveness of the country. It also includes information on economic priorities of the AmCham and other leading associations.

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5th September 2018 / Economic policy / Education


General prohibition of mobile phones in Czech schools? TMCZ’s survey brings surprising findings

At the beginning of the school year, discussion on the use of mobile phones at schools has again become a topical issue. Most Czech children receive their first phone when they enter first grade. What is the situation regarding the use of mobile phones in schools? Should schools motivate teachers to actively use mobile phones and the internet in the classroom? Or do mobile phones disrupt and prevent learning at school? At the end of August, T-Mobile conducted a survey on this topic among parents and teachers and the results were somewhat surprising. While most parents were clearly in favour of tougher restrictions on the use of mobile phones at school, the position of teachers is not so clearly strict – at least a third of the teachers participating in the survey said that they actively use mobile internet in their teaching.
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5th October 2017 / Economic policy / Education


OECD: Why teaching matters more than ever before

OECD published an article by Stavros Yiannouka, CEO, WISE – World Innovation Summit for Education and Andreas Schleicher, Director, OECD Directorate for Education and Skills: "Imagine the power of an education system that could meaningfully share all of the expertise and experience of its educators using digital technology. What if we could get our teachers working on curated crowd-sourcing of educational practice, wouldn’t that be so much more powerful than things like performance-related pay as an approach to professional growth and development?"
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9th February 2017 / Economic policy / Education


Estonian world: Estonian basic education system is successful, but needs to put fresh air, physical activity & digital solutions together | Debate over the future of Czech educational system

People in Estonia value education highly and the majority of the parents encourage their children to take learning seriously. One of the reasons for good OECD PISA results is the autonomy given to teachers and schools.
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20th July 2016 / Economic policy / Education


OECD's Tracey Burns: A Brave New World: The New Frontiers of Technology and Education

The key is adaptability. Worries about decreasing attention spans, digital withdrawal disorder and “fear of missing out” syndrome illustrate the shifting landscape of the future. Advances in biotechnology and smart drugs will continue to raise difficult technical and ethical questions as well as provide new opportunities. All of these issues need to be part of a long-term strategy to help education keep pace with modern society, OECD's Tracey Burns, Project Leader, Directorate for Education and Skills writes.
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11th March 2016 / Economic policy / Education


Eurostat: Czech educational expenditure below EU28 average; teachers' pay below Czech average wage

The Czech Republic, with expenditures on education amounting to 4.3% of GDP, is below the EU28 average of 5.3%. The top performer is Sweden with 7.4% of GDP spent on education, whereas Latvia and Romania give out only 2.6% of their GDP. 
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