Changes in education ministry

Kateřina Valachová to become the new education minister

A frontrunner to become the next Czech Education minister  has emerged in the form of the current deputy minister for legislation and human rights, Kateřina Valachová, according to several sources,including Czech News Agency. 

As per the sources , the other possible  candidate to replace outgoing education minister Marcel Chládek appear to be the vice-rector of Charles University, Stanislav Štech.

The advantage of Valachova is that she is a woman, in a situation where the senior ruling CSSD has been long promoting a higher representation of women in politics.

If appointed, Valachova would be a second woman in the present 17-seat Czech cabinet, in addition to Labour and Social Affairs Minister Michaela Marksova (CSSD). 

Valachova, 38, graduated from the Faculty of Law at Brno’s Masaryk University.

She worked in the Senate Office and the office of ombudsman, public protector of people’s rights in the past.

Now she is a deputy of Human Rights Minister Jiri Dienstbier (CSSD).