Thursday, January 26, 2012

Radio Prague Today 1.26.2012

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Firefighters fear more budget cuts will mean dismissing a third of the force

Firefighters in the Czech Republic are greatly concerned at the course their budgets are taking. As the money from the Ministry of the Interior steadily decreases, the firemen's union warns that further cuts may lead to substandard services.

Teachers seek to revive Latin at Czech schools

Latin once used to be the cornerstone of classical education. Until the middle of the 20th century, some knowledge of the language was a prerequisite for any career in the academia, and Latin was taught at every grammar school. But the numbers of students taking up the language has dropped by a half over the past decade. That's why a group of Latin teachers launched a campaign to revive the teaching of Latin at Czech schools.

Pig slaughtering feasts on their way out

A centuries old tradition –the pig-slaughtering feast – will soon be a thing of the past. Those who consider the gory ritual an act of barbarism are cheering, others for whom it is an important part of village folklore are determined to maintain it at any price.