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One-third of adults continue with education

28 November 2012

Prague, Nov 27 (CTK) - One-third of adult Czechs attend various courses and seminars, most of them on account of their jobs, according to a survey conducted by the Czech Statistical Office (CSU) in 9,500 households last year and released yesterday.

Grown-up Czechs most often learn languages, the survey has revealed.

A total of 42 percent of Czechs are of the view that they do not need further education. Women do not often increase their qualification over their family duties.

"According to the survey, adult Czechs are most often educated over job reasons (78 percent), while 88 percent of the studies are fully or partially covered by the employers and 79 percent in paid working time," the statisticians said.

When it comes to informal education, which means outside the mainstream school system, people most often attend language courses.

No foreign language is mastered by 30 percent of respondents, while 31 percent have only some basic knowledge.

People also study trade and law, technical fields as well as health and social care in the courses and seminars.

If courses are attended on account of jobs, Czechs are mostly motivated by enhancing their career.

If there are private reasons, people tend to seek further education as they are interested in a given field.

The more education, the more interest in cultural events, reading of books and newspapers, the survey has found.

"Almost one-third of Czechs did not read a single book over the past 12 months, while middle-aged people are the worst readers," Petr Nosal, from the CSU, said.

A similar survey on adults' education was conducted in all EU countries. The comparison will be available next year.

Other surveys have revealed that Czechs' continued education lags behind that in most European countries.

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