Pupils from Ukraine started coming to Czech schools after the start of the Russian attack on Ukraine on February 24. According to a survey by the Ministry of Education, 3,310 Ukrainian children went to kindergartens and 23,204 to primary schools on 7 April. Kindergartens still had around 12,900 vacancies and primary schools around 150,500. According to the Minister of Education Petr Gazdík (STAN), there are now about 130,000 Ukrainian children registered in the Czech Republic, who should go to school from September. However, some of them may have returned to Ukraine. It is therefore not known exactly how many of them are in the Czech Republic.
The ministry does not currently have a general overview of the costs of the refugee wave. “So far, the costs can be quantified in units of millions of crowns. We will have information from the schedule from the regional authorities at the turn of June and July,” said the office’s spokeswoman Aneta Lednová. According to her, the money has so far gone, for example, to translations of texts for uniform entrance exams from Czech into Ukrainian and English, or to educating Ukrainians in private schools.
At the end of March, the government approved an increase in the budget of the Ministry of Education by 5.2 billion crowns for the integration of refugees from Ukraine by the end of August. At the beginning of April, the ministry announced subsidies in the amount of 1.4 billion crowns for Czech language courses and adaptation groups for Ukrainian pupils. Applicants can apply for the money until May 31.
Lednová did not specify what interest the Ministry registers in subsidies for language courses and adaptation groups. “The calls have not been closed yet, so this is a premature question,” she said. She also did not comment on how the number of refugees in schools has changed since April. “In this respect, continuous monitoring is taking place, but the information is currently used primarily for ÚKŠ and regions,” she explained.
According to the Minister of the Interior Vít Rakušan (STAN) from last week, there are now about 200,000 refugees in the Czech Republic. About 140,000 people have probably left the country, as they have so far issued about 350,000 temporary protection visas. The government lacks an accurate overview of the refugees present due to the fact that the Czech Republic is not a border country in the Schengen area. The Czech authorities should get a better overview at the end of May, when the pan-European IT system is to be launched.
Source: EuroZprávy.cz by eurozpravy.cz.
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