The first day of school

In Education & Science on September 1, 2009 by Petr Bokuvka Tagged: , ,

(c) Getty Images

(c) Getty Images

The first day of September is the first day of school for all pupils and students in the Czech Republic.

First-graders: it is one of the most important days in the life of a kid. Children are accompanied by their parents on their way to school. They arrive in their future classrooms where they meet their future classmates (in Czech elementary, junior high and high schools you stay with the same classmates for four years). The parents usually stay in the room for the “orientation hour”.

Junior-high and high school students: this is probably the least popular day of the year and they let it show. They don’t dress nicely and they don’t bring flowers to their teachers. They arrive in school wearing T-shirts and shorts (in case of guys) for their “orientation hour” during which they are told about their class schedule and other organisational issues…and they go home. When I was a high school student, you would not see a high school student packing his own cigarettes in front of the school entrance. I saw THREE students do it today…

There are no schoolbuses in this country and most schools don’t have parking lots and carpool lanes where parents can drop their kids off… So every morning trams and buses are full of little kids and parents because it is the only way to get them to school…

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