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OECD: Czech Spending on Education too Low

Published: September 12, 2012; 18:34 · (Vindobona)

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development criticizes the Czech government. Expenditure on education only reach 4.8% of GDP, which is below the OECD average of 6.2%.

OECD: Czech Spending on Education too Low / Picture: © Vindobona.org

The Czech Ministry of Education commented a report by OECD on the attitude to education in Europe. 34 countries were analyzed. In the Czech Republic, not only expenses are lower than the average of OECD countries, but also the age of Czech teachers is higher. 45% of the Czech teachers are older than 50 years, which is the fifth highest figure. As a result, the country may face enormous challenges to fill the coming gap in a few years. The Czech Ministry of Education explained that many graduates of pedagogic universities to not become teachers. Moreover, the retirement age was increased. The Ministry announced that the profession should be promoted even more in order to attract young people to become teachers.