Dariusz Piontkowski, Minister of National Education, hopes that the circumstances surrounding the epidemic will not hinder the planned examinations so long as safety standards are observed. “Every student will have a separate desk, so that examinations can be conducted safely for both the students and the teachers, as well as their families,” stressed the Minister. He added that the Government, true to its prior declaration, is giving the students of the final years of primary and secondary schools time to prepare for their examinations.
Secondary school final examination
- Date: 8-29 June this year.
- Oral examination will not be held this year.
- Additional examination should take place at the beginning of July this year.
- We expect the results of the examination to be announced by around 11 August this year.
- Those who wish to retake their examination should be able to do so at the beginning of September.
Primary school final examination
- Date: 16-18 June this year.
- We plan to have the examination checked by the end of July. The students will then be able to submit their certificates and statements of results to their chosen secondary schools.
Vocational and professional competence examination
- Formula (curriculum) 2012 and 2017: 22 June – 9 July this year.
- Formula (curriculum) 2019: 17-28 August this year.
Prolongation of the period for which schools, nurseries and kindergartens will remain closed
- Date: 24 May this year.
- Until that time, students of primary and secondary schools continue their education remotely.
- In the coming days, we will provide information concerning the possibility of carrying out certain forms of daycare activities in some establishments.
Wojciech Murdzek, Minister of Science and Higher Education, noted that the new examination dates mean changes in the process of admission to universities. “The principle that the secondary school final examination is the quality determinant in the process of admission to a university is maintained,” stressed the Minister. He added that it may be possible for academic year to begin as normal.
Restriction of activity at universities
- Date: 24 May this year.
- Research activity continues to not be suspended.
- We encourage universities to undertake research activity, although it should be conducted in safe conditions which take into account the current risk to the health of the staff.
- We encourage universities to plan for the return of administrative staff from remote work to on-site work.
With respect to the announced dates of the primary and secondary school final examinations, Łukasz Szumowski, Minister of Health, stated that they depend on whether the Poles will continue to wear masks and maintain social distance, including in public communication.
The Government is undertaking multiple steps to provide students and teachers with the best possible access to remote education during the time when operation of educational institutions is restricted. These include:
- Additional funds for purchasing computer hardware.
- Reduction of fees for Internet services by mobile network operators.
- Free e-platform for remote education.
- On-line training courses for teachers.
The free educational platform – epodreczniki.pl – enjoys considerable interest. It offers teachers and students materials which they can use for work and remote studying. The platform contains over 6 thousand pieces of educational materials, including curricula and scenarios for classes. It is accessed every day by over 460 thousand users, who generate over 2 million hits per day.
In addition, the specific-purpose website at www.gov.pl/zdalnelekcje.pl contains suggestions of lesson topics for each day and every subject, as well as suggested materials which teachers can use as a basis for holding remote classes for primary and secondary school students.
An amount of PLN 186 million is ready to be allocated for the purpose of purchasing computers, laptops and tablets. It is a result of cooperation between and efforts on the part of ministers responsible for education and digital affairs, thanks to which the European Commission has agreed to transfer funds saved within the Operational Programme Digital Poland to enable schools to purchase the necessary hardware.
The Nationwide Education Network project has continued to be steadily implemented since 2017. Its main goal is to provide all schools with safe, broadband Internet access. By the end of March this year, 19.6 thousand schools declared that they wish to join the Network.
Ministries of Education and Digital Affairs are currently negotiating with mobile network operators to provide teachers and students with free or low-cost Internet access. The operators are already, on their own initiative, offering additional Internet transfer for students for free or a for a symbolic fee of one Polish zloty.