Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: The State will guarantee all secondary school graduating students the opportunity to take their final examinations on time

We propose changes in the law that will secure and assure the classification of students and the course of secondary school examinations announced the head of the government. Today the Council of Ministers adopted the draft amendment to the Act on the education system and the Education Law Act that covers the procedures of admitting secondary school students to undertake final examinations.

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Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellery of The Prime Minister of Poland

Nearly 300 thousand of this year’s graduates, their parents and, I suppose, the teaching staff, await positive outcomes when it comes to the admission of students to take the final examinations and their effective conduct said the Prime Minister. He went on to say that unclear and conflicting communications coming from protest organisers serve to create uncertainty for graduating students, their families and teachers.

The head of the government emphasized that the state feels committed to guarantee graduates from all schools are able to take their final examination on time. The Prime Minister also turned to the Marshalls of the Sejm and the Senate to proceed with the proposed changes as quickly as possible.

Among other things, the draft adopted by the government assumes that in schools where pedagogical councils fail to decide on the admission of students to the secondary school final examination, such authorisation will be granted to the school’s headmaster and, in special cases, to a teacher appointed by the authority in charge of the school.

Should President Andrzej Duda sign the draft law on 26 April this year, it will enter into force on 27 April. Thus, the directors will only have 29 and 30 April to carry out the classification so that the written final examinations can begin on 6 May this year explained the Head of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister Michał Dworczyk. He also encouraged a nationwide round-table discussion on the next stage of the reform of education and the education system.

The round table on education will be held on 26 April this year. The meeting will be attended by about 80 representatives of the 3 largest trade unions and the association of educators as well as 5 representatives of non-associated teachers, randomly selected from among the volunteers who applied to join the meeting. School governing authorities, including the Association of Polish Cities, the Association of Gminas of the Republic of Poland, the Association of Polish Poviats, the National Forum of Non-Public Education, the Friends of Catholic Schools Association as well as politicians were also invited to join the discussion. Parent and children organisations, such as the Parents for School Foundation, the Commissioner for Children’s Rights Association and the Large Families Association, also constitute an important group of stakeholders. Another important group comprises scientists, experts and NGOs said Minister Michał Dworczyk. He added that if we wish to prepare a good reform, these discussions will require many meetings.

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