Richest Czech sends millions to teachers´training

The richest Czech businessman Petr Kellner annually spends millions of crowns on teachers' training to improve their teaching skills, the daily Hospodarske noviny (HN) writers today.  It recalls that international organisations have repeatedly criticised the inefficient system of assessment of Czech pupils ' work.  Last year the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) commissioners challenged Czech mathematics teachers' approach to tests and concluded that they lack "the key to decode their pupils' way of thinking," HN writes. However, the Czech state does not fund teachers' training in this respect, and this is why the Kellner foundation has seized the initiative.

"Our project's aim is to maximally develop each child's potential at schools. We need methodological support to achieve it," Jitka Tkadlecova, spokeswoman for the Kellner foundation, told the paper.

 She refused to specify the sum that the foundation annually earmarks for teachers' training. It is counted in millions of crowns, she only added.

 The money funds a team of experts who are preparing tasks with instructions for teachers to find out on what they should focus in tests and oral examination, HN writes.

 The team of experts will start preparing the "keys" for mathematics teachers in September. Teachers themselves should participate in it. The foundation will then offer the result to all schools for free, HN writes.

 A similar project focused on the Czech language teaching has been working for a year and a half with support of the Kellner foundation, HN adds.

 ($1=20.967 crowns)

(autor: hol, úryvek z textu)