Study: When all the refugee children arrive, there will be a shortage of 2,300 places in kindergartens in Prague

According to a study, pointed out on Sunday by the president of the Pedagogical Chamber, Radek Sárközi, there would be 2,818 vacant places in kindergartens throughout the Czech Republic, but the capacities are extremely unevenly regional.

In response, the Ministry of Education referred to the results of its survey of current and possible future capacities, which it published on Tuesday, as well as ongoing follow-up. PAQ Research also relied on this data.

According to a ministry survey, there were 3,310 Ukrainian children in kindergartens in the Czech Republic on April 7. However, sociologist Daniel Prokop of the PAQ Research agency recalled on the site that only 19.1% of registered refugees aged three to five are registered.

The survey counts on a 75% efficiency in the use of current vacancies and possible new jobs. It does not include the possible capacities of groups of children and alternative kindergartens. Based on reported stays as of April 12

According to the study, there will be a shortage of places in kindergartens in September 61 out of 206 municipalities with extended competences in the Czech Republic. There would be a shortage of 2,300 places in Prague, 560 places in Brno, 240 places in Pilsen and 190 places in Pardubice, for example. Around 150 seats could be missing in Karlovy Vary and Liberec, around 90 additional seats would be needed in Mladá Boleslav, Kolín and Kutná Hora.

According to a study, the maximum capacities in kindergartens would be 310 places, in Třinec with 260 additional places and in Jeseník with 200 vacant places. Opava, Uherské Hradiště, Uherský Brod, Kyjov, Tábor or Ústí nad Labem and Chomutov should also have a surplus of more than 100 places.

Create new groups of children?

The survey counts on a 75% efficiency in the use of current vacancies and possible new jobs. It does not include the possible capacities of alternative children’s groups and kindergartens. Based on stays reported as of April 12.

Prokop wrote on Twitter that kindergarten abilities will be difficult to solve somewhere, also due to the strong preschool years. He proposes giving part of Ukrainians parental allowance, on the condition that they take care of both a child under the age of three and older siblings or other children.

Sárközi has now mentioned that a more massive creation of new children’s groups, supported by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, could help. He has previously expressed concern that the lack of kindergarten places will mainly affect children under the age of three.

According to a recent statement by EDUin, the accommodation of Ukrainian refugee families should be coordinated in order to avoid places lacking places in kindergartens. According to the company, the overload of nurseries and schools due to Ukrainians in certain localities could cause social tensions. However, the reception capacities of kindergartens have been a problem for a long time.

In any case, registration in kindergartens begins on May 2 and ends on May 16. Precise deadlines are set by the kindergarten directors. The last year of pre-school education is compulsory for children by law. Kindergartens must therefore accept children who will be five years old by August 31, 2022. For children of Ukrainian refugees, enrollment in kindergartens will be from June 1 to July 15.

Registration for the 1st year of primary school takes place in April.

Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sports: capacities will increase

According to the study, 37.8% of refugees aged 6 to 14 are currently enrolled in primary schools. “If the rest of the refugee children go to school and are distributed with 75% efficiency, there will still be a surplus of around 61,000 places in the first year of primary school and 37,000 places in the second year,” says the ‘investigation.

According to him, only Prague 4 would have the necessary reception capacity in primary school in Prague, and there would be a shortage of around 3,000 places in the rest of the city. In Český Brod and Říčany, about 80 places are missing, in Mnichov Hradiště in the Mladá Boleslav region about 35 places, in Pardubice ten less.

According to the survey, the lack of capacity will mainly be in the second stage. On the other hand, most primary school capacity would again be in Ostrava – with a surplus of 3,500 places, in Opava with an additional 2,340 places and in Ústí nad Labem, where there is a surplus of around 1 500 places, according to the study.

Around 26,500 children of war refugees from Ukraine have so far entered kindergartens and primary schools in the Czech Republic. According to the Ministry of Education, primary schools still had around 150,500 vacancies and kindergartens around 12,900 as of April 7.

Ministry officials have now referred to this investigation from late March and April. If necessary, according to the conclusions of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, 9,930 new places could be created in kindergartens and 35,257 in primary schools. The capacities of kindergartens in the Central Bohemian region and schools in the Moravian-Silesian region could increase the most.

Education Minister Petr Gazdík (STAN) previously said that the survey results will provide insight into the integration of Ukrainian children in schools and government agencies and regional governments will work with them. Schools can now gradually update system data. New data will be made available to regions and other institutions involved in coordinating the placement of refugees in the Czech Republic.

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