Klaus sharply criticises high number of colleges in the country

President Václav Klaus has sharply criticised the high number of college institutions in the Czech Republic, calling it the greatest attack on the quality of higher learning since the post-war communist purges. Speaking at the 100th anniversary of the Žofin Forum, Mr Klaus said that a high number of college students in the Czech Republic did not mean higher quality education. Experts have also pointed out a problem of so-called “flying professors”, who teach at multiple schools. This problem has been addressed by an amendment to the college education act passed by parliament last week, which creates a register of which professors teach where. There are currently 73 college institutions in the Czech Republic, of which 45 are private, 26 are public and two are state-run.