Przemysław Czarnek

Przemysław Czarnek
Przemysław Czarnek

Minister of Education and Science

His responsibilities include the education system as well as science and higher education. He is responsible for matters related to pre-school, comprehensive, special, and vocational education as well as for core curricula, approval of textbooks, and issues associated with teacher employment. His tasks also include the provision of support for Polish higher education institutions and research institutions. In addition, the Minister is responsible for matters related to the academic community: students, PhD students, and academics.

He was born on 11 June 1977 in Koło. In 2001, he graduated from the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, obtaining a law degree at the Faculty of Law, Canonical Law and Administration.

In 2006, he was awarded the title of Doctor of Laws for his thesis entitled ‘The rule of law and social justice in political practice of the third Republic of Poland’, and in 2015 he was awarded the degree of habilitated doctor for his achievements and the dissertation entitled ‘Economic freedom. The first pillar of social market economy’.

He is the author of several dozens of monographs and scientific papers, and he specialises in constitutional law. He is a professor at the Catholic University of Lublin.

In the years 2015-2019, he served as the voivode of Lubelskie voivodeship. During that time, he was involved in the implementation of the structural reform of schools and educational facilities in the territory of the voivodeship, and he actively participated in the debate concerning the content of the educational reform.

In 2019 he was elected to the Sejm of the 9th term, receiving over 87,000 votes. As a Sejm Deputy, he serves as, among other things, Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Justice and Human Rights Commission.

On 19 October 2020 he was appointed to the position of the Minister of Education and Science.

Przemysław Czarnek is married and has two children.