Teachers protest introduction of mandatory curricula


Some 300 teachers have sent a petition to the government in protest against an amendment to the education act that would reintroduce mandatory curricula. Schools currently make their own teaching plans prepared through a general education programme that is harmonized with state requirements, and the teachers say the amendment would be a step backwards. The ministry says the aim is to halt the negative trend in international surveys, in which Czech children have been among the lowest ranked. The amendment is to be discussed at Wednesday’s cabinet meeting.