Prime Minister Beata Szydło: Polish schools need a change

Investing in the future of Poland is investing in young people – said Prime Minister Beata Szydło during the coordination consultations with Voivodes and heads of the regional education authorities. During the meeting in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, which took place on Wednesday, the Prime Minister underlined the importance of dialogue (among others) with parents in the process of implementing the changes.

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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

School education system reform: ‘explain, clarify, listen”

Prime Minister Beata Szydło underlined that the school education system reform is a result of a dialogue with the Polish people and is the implementation of one of the election postulates. If we want to think about our good future and Poland’s development, most of all, we have to invest in education and bringing up children and youth. This is the investment that Poland needs the most, the head of government underlined. In her opinion, the previous reform has not brought the desired effect, which is why Prime Minister Beata Szydło’s Government undertakes to introduce modifications to the school education system.

The Prime Minister underlined that in order for the reform to be successfully implemented and in order to fulfil the expectations concerning its results, support from the persons involved in the school education system, as well as parents and local governments, is needed. We need to talk, explain and inform, Prime Minister Szydło said and informed that on the previous day a website had been launched, which parents can use to query and receive information. It is our duty to answer these questions and to inform, she underlined.

As an example of a smooth introduction of changes to the education system, the Prime Minister mentioned bringing the age of obligation of compulsory schooling to back to the age of 7. It was possible due to successful and professional actions undertaken by Minister of National Education Anna Zalewska, who implemented parents’ postulate on this issue. The Prime Minister claimed that the reform would not take place only at the ministerial or governmental level. For this reason, the Voivodes and heads of the regional education authorities present at the meeting have to fulfil an important practical task for the dissemination of knowledge about the reform. Most of all, they will be responsible for providing information. Meeting people. Meeting local governments, parents and teachers – explaining, clarifying and listening. Introducing the changes through a dialogue is the most important, Beata Szydło underlined.

Changes to the education introduced through a dialogue

We are the Government which supports ordinary people. We listen to people and respond to their expectations. We do not deal with ourselves and bureaucracy. We are for the people, Prime Minister Beata Szydło declared. If all of us, with humility, implement the tasks which me and Minister Zalewska have set for you, I am sure that the reform will be successful, she added.  The head of government underlined that the changes introduced to the education system had been consulted with experts and parents and their implementation is a result of the earlier dialogue.

We are here to prepare law which is for the people. I request you to listen to all people who come to you with questions and doubts. I request you not to close the dialogue, the Prime Minister appealed. The dialogue is only starting, Beata Szydło underlined and talked about tasks faced by the representatives of the government administration.

Aims of the school education system reform

Yesterday, the Council of Ministers adopted draft reform which foresees the introduction of a new school order and a modification of the organisation of schools and educational institutions. Most of all, lower secondary school education will be gradually stopped and an 8-year primary school and a 4-year general secondary school will start operating. The introduction of changes will start from the 2017/2018 school year. The proposed solutions were announced by Prime Minister Beata Szydło in her exposé.

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