Resourceful High School Graduates

August 25, 2014
More Jobs

More Jobs

According to the Central Statistical Office of Poland (GUS), the unemployment rate was 9.3% lower in June 2014 than in June 2013. Over the course of one year, the unemployment rate among people with middle school education has fallen by 8.2%, while among people with higher education it has decreased by 9.2%. On the other hand, the unemployment rate among people who completed only vocational schools or post-secondary schools has fallen by 11.5%. The greatest fall of unemployment was noted among high school graduates, 12.3%. “The small drop in the unemployment rate among people without any qualifications is not surprising since the demand for such employees is negligible. This situation will not change,” states Professor Elżbieta Kryńśka from the University of Łódź. There are over 534,000 registered unemployed people in Poland, while 560,000 have a job (this includes work in the grey and black economy). However, the situation is different when it comes to people with higher education. “The economic revival and seasonal changes have not significantly changed the situation of people with higher eduaction on the job market,” states professor Urszula Sztanderska from Warsaw University. Only in the long run during the economic boom were college graduates able to find a job easily because companies invested more and the demand for specialists increased.
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Geniuses from Poland

August 24, 2014
Future Einstein?

Future Einstein?

Polish secondary school pupils won six gold, six silver, and eleven bronze medals during this year’s International Science Olympiad. Is this the beginning of a new generation of geniuses? “We prepare for the contest just like a national team and have been achieving great results,” says Wojciech Łyczek. The 19-year-old from Warsaw won a gold medal at the International Chemistry Olympiad in Vietnam at the end of July. He is going to study medicine. Wojtek owes his success to hard work. “Before the start, we spent two weeks in a training camp in the laboratories of universities in Warsaw,” adds Wojtek. Teams that participate in the Olympiads come from all over the world, and each consists of a maximum of six people. Only 10% of the best pupils might win a gold medal. This year, one Polish student who turned out to be best of the best in his own field was Miłosz Mazurkiewicz-Dubieński who was unrivalled in mathematical linguistics (a field of linguistics that uses mathematical methods in its studies). Polish students are getting increasingly better every year, and climbing higher in the all-time medal classification. They now occupy fifth place in the world in chemistry and are in the top four in IT right behind China, Russia and the USA. These achievements are mainly chiefly the result of individual teaching programmes.
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Kaczyński’s Accusations

July 22, 2014
Pointing the Finger

Pointing the Finger

During one of his recent speeches, Jarosław Kaczyński of Law and Justice (PiS) criticised the Polish economy, healthcare and education systems. According to the PiS head, none of these areas are in a satisfactory condition. Rising unemployment has resulted in mass emigration to highly developed countries where career opportunities are significantly more varied and attainable. Kaczyński also mentioned that Polish healthcare cannot be trusted. Nowadays, it seems that it is more profitable to let seriously ill patients die than help them. He continued saying that the procedures of making appointments are so complicated and time-consuming that many patients have to wait months to visit a specialist. In addition, social assistance is not available to all those who need it. There are thousands of families that do not receive any support from the government and as a result, there is a large number of undernourished children in Poland. In his speech, opposition leader Kaczyński did not forget about the Polish education system and said that educational programmes in Poland need to be entirely reorganised. He said that the issue of textbooks should also be resolved – constantly changing textbooks do not improve the quality of education but only worsen the financial situation of many families. PM Donald Tusk replied to these comments. He claimed that many young people have managed to find well-paid jobs over the last months in Poland, while the level of emigration is now much lower than in 2008. When it comes to the problem of healthcare in Poland, he said that the government is currently working on a new bill that aims at improving all complicated procedures that prevent patients from obtaining the necessary care. Last but not least, he touched upon the issue of social assistance. He explained that the amount of income per family has been raised so as to enable more citizens to receive financial benefits. According to The Economist, Tusk is the one who is correct. As the magazine reports, Poland is treated by most European countries with great respect due to the progress it has made during the global economic crisis.
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Pole Wins Dutch Language Contest

July 7, 2014
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Karolina Jagiełło has lived in the Hague for only four years but has already mastered the Dutch language to perfection. Dutch media report that the young Polish girl won a dictation competition for children, organised in the capital of the Netherlands. The girl made only three mistake thus beating the thirty other finalists. She can now holds the title of the “greatest expert on spelling in the Hague”. “I am very surprised and happy,” says the proud 12-year-old. “Spelling and language have never been a problem for me. You just have to concentrate and think,” she adds. Karolina hopes that her victory will change the perception of Polish people in the Netherlands for the better. Her win shows that Polish people can and do speak Dutch. “I feel that through this dictation competition I represent Poland,” said the girl.
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Belarusian Bookstore in Warsaw

June 21, 2014
New Bookstore

New Bookstore

A branch of Logvinau, the bookstore, was opened in Belarusian House in Warsaw this week. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony was undertaken by bookstore manager Kacyarina Pikerenya and famous Belarusian poet Andrey Hadanovich. In an interview, Kacyarina and Andrej emphasised the significance of the bookstore saying that it will attract book-lovers and bring together people interested in culture. Besides, visitors are not obliged to buy any books and are free to come and read them enjoying the friendly atmosphere of Logvinau. What is more, the book exchange system is used in the bookstore. Although the bookstore is Belarusian, there are also a host of books in many different languages. Kacyarina admitted, “My dream is to open bookstores not only in Warsaw but also in Vilnius and Kiev. We have already fulfilled one of our dreams and soon the new logvinau.by website will also be launched. It will give people the opportunity to order books online and check out our events calendar.” For those interested in buying a book from Logvinau in Warsaw, please contact Maksim Sergiec on +48 691 339 588.
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Junior High School Results

June 21, 2014
Improving Education?

Improving Education?

Students of the third form of junior high schools, who wrote the compulsory junior high school school exam in April, achieved an average of 68% in the Polish language exam and 47% in Maths. The average score in History was 59%, and 52% in the Natural Sciences (including Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Geography). Foreign language exam were divided into two levels: basic and advanced. The average score in basic level English was 67%, in German it was 54%, Russian 61%, French 70%, Spanish 66%, and Italian it was 57%. The average score in advanced level English was 46%, German 39%, Russian 41%, French 66%, Spanish 74%, and in Italian it was 69%. This week, Poland’s Central Examination Board published preliminary information about the results achieved this year in the junior high school exam.
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Ukrainian Children Wanted

June 19, 2014
Ukrainian Children Wanted

Ukrainian or Polish Children?

The most depopulated counties in province of Subcarpathia (Podkarpacie) have taken steps to attract young Poles living in Ukraine to Poland. The Tadeusz Kościuszko high school in Lubaczów is offering young Poles living in the Ukraine free sets of student books, a scholarship and subsidised accommodation and board, according to Gazeta Wyborcza. “The counties of Przemyśl and Lubaczów are the most depopulated counties in the province of Subcarpathia. Thankfully, we cannot complain about a lack of candidates for school and this year we have six first-form classes, but we need to think about the future and have therefore begun advertising ourselves in Ukraine,” says Zbigniew Hypiak, the headmaster of the high school in Lubaczów. This offer is addressed to Poles who live in Ukraine and who possess a Polish Card (Karta Polaka), which affords people with Polish roots, who cannot obtain Polish citizenship, certain rights that would otherwise not be available to them.
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