Education Ministry dismissed 228 “bureaucrats” in 2011

The Education Ministry dismissed 228 workers this year, the ministry’s head Josef Dobeš told a press conference on Monday. Mr Dobeš referred to the dismissals as cutting bureaucracy and said they saved the ministry 487 million crowns. Heavy criticism that the ministry has received in the last year has however pointed to the fact that the “bureaucratic” layoffs entailed closing five of the ministry’s pedagogical research institutions. The information was given as a recapitulation of the government’s overall policy plan for education, which the minister said has been fulfilled with the exception of three out of 30 main points, among them the launch of leaving examinations.