“It is more appropriate to classify a student in the class according to age. The Ministry of Education sent instructions for the placement of Ukrainian children iROZHLAS

School principals received instructions from the Ministry of Education to admit new pupils and students from Ukraine. One of the documents, for example, recommends how to include Ukrainian children in the Czech education system. It is different from that of Ukraine.




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A different system should not be an obstacle to the admission of students to secondary schools and vocational schools. Illustration photo Photo: René Volfik Source: iROZHLAS.cz

Students in grades ten and eleven already belong to high school or vocational school, the Ministry of Education concluded.

In documents it distributed to principals, the ministry recommends that “it is generally more appropriate (especially in higher grades) to place a pupil in a class according to his or her age”.

However, principals should proceed individually, try to find out how Ukrainian students are doing and decide accordingly. However, he should not be more than a year below where he belongs in age, according to the Ministry of Education. The director of the Pečky primary school in the Kolín region as well as the president of the Association of Primary School Directors, Luboš Zajíc, already have experience of this.


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“The only student we enrolled anywhere else was originally a ninth grade student. My mother and I agreed to put him in the top eight. This is so that in one year he can master Czech at a decent level and enroll in high school,” Zajíc told Radiožurnál.

One of the most important differences between Czech and Ukrainian education is that compulsory schooling in Ukraine lasts 12 years. So far, this only applies to children who started school in 2018 and after.

Admission to high school

However, a different system should not be an obstacle to the admission of students to secondary schools and vocational schools. Ukrainians in the ninth grade pass the exams, then, as in our country, they attend different types of colleges comparable to our secondary education system.

These are professional or artistic disciplines, they can learn a trade or attend schools that prepare them for university studies. In a recommendation, the Ministry of Education indicates that principals can admit pupils to the same classes as in Ukraine. However, the documents must document their previous training. If they do not have them, which happens following a conflict of war, an affidavit should also suffice.

Czech language teaching for Ukrainian refugees at ÚJOP UK. | Photo: René Volfik Source: iROZHLAS.cz

But what is the biggest problem in the transition between high schools is Czech. The head of the Association of High School Principals, Renata Schejbalová, said she will have to comply with the applicable education law.

“I have to determine the verification of knowledge of the Czech language by interview, then he can define other criteria. So the fundamental problem is the verification of knowledge, because of course they will not know Czech, and any acceptance will fail ” , he describes.

Luboš Zajíc adds that, especially in vocational education, knowledge of the language in which it is taught is essential for student safety. For example in workshops or laboratories. Last week, the government changed, among other things, the rules of the admission procedure for Ukrainians in secondary schools. The deadline for submitting applications for graduation courses is extended to April 5 and for non-degree courses to April 8.

Ukrainians increase the time they spend on writing an entrance test by 25%. Nevertheless, Renata Schejbalová believes that most students will fail entrance tests without knowledge of Czech. Therefore, Schejbalová would recommend 15- and 16-year-old Ukrainian students to stay in ninth grade for one more year, where they would learn the language.

Eva Selepova

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