Prime Minister Beata Szydło: We are starting a good change in Polish schools

The education reform is well-prepared and carefully designed said Prime Minister Beata Szydło on Monday after President Andrzej Duda had signed the acts reforming the education system.

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Photo: Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Education reform: a good change for pupils, parents and teachers

I am absolutely sure that the education reform is a well-prepared and carefully designed reform, which ensures a comprehensive, very good preparation, education and bringing up to Polish youth and children, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

The Prime Minister added that the changes to the education system ensured that parents can co-decide about the way in which Polish schools pursue their didactic and educational objectives. It also means safety for pupils and an opportunity for teachers to receive a decent pay and develop professionally. This reforms offers a great chance for Polish teachers, i.e. for the profession that is so extremely necessary. All politicians talk about service and mission, but we know perfectly well that it is a profession which has not been appreciated by our predecessors. It was not appreciated as a very important profession and a difficult one, based on mission and service, said the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Beata Szydło emphasized that the education reform, the implementation of which had just started, was one of the most needed and expected reforms. She called upon parents, teachers and local governments to cooperate in implementing the changes. It is a great opportunity for the Polish school, pupils and our country, she summed up.

Apart from Prime Minister Beata Szydło, the press conference at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister on Monday was also attended by the Minister of National Education Anna Zalewska.

Education reform in a nutshell

Pursuant to two acts, i.e. the Education Law and Implementing Regulations of the Education Law, the present 6-year primary schools will become 8-year primary schools, while 3-year general upper secondary schools will become 4-year general secondary schools and 4-year technical upper secondary schools will become 5-year technical secondary schools. Two-level trade schools will be introduced to the education system.

Lower secondary schools functioning in school complexes with a primary school or a general upper secondary school will be merged with those schools. The lower secondary schools which function on their own may be transformed into primary schools, general or technical secondary secondary schools, trade schools, or may be liquidated - the relevant decisions will be taken by gminas.

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The coming meeting of the Economic Committee of the Council of Ministers will be devoted to air quality issues. The Committee prepared recommendations on this issue which is of great importance for the safety of Polish citizens. I will soon present the information about specific actions to be taken by the government, declared Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

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