Headteacher Sentenced

Wiping Away School Funds

Wiping Away School Funds

Violetta G. has been sentenced to two years probation by a Łódź court for pocketing PLN 13,000 of her school’s money. She also has to pay a PLN 2,500 fine. Half of the stolen money should have been used for meals for the poorest of the school’s children. The judgement is not final since the woman did not appear in court. The defendant borrowed the money on the pretext of needing it for the renovation of the school which she said she would later give back later. She was suspended and the case went to the prosecutor’s office, and after six months went to court. However, two months after hearing the charges, the woman received an award on the occasion of National Commission of Education day. Several days later, officials explained themselves, saying they knew nothing about the woman’s criminal charges.
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Experience over Education

Not Useful?

Not Useful?

The last four years have brought a significant decrease in the number of university students in Poland. Apparently, young Poles prefer to start their professional career earlier instead of obtaining a diploma. Statistics show that during the last two years the number of students applying to Polish universities has decreased by 15.6%. In fact, this number is declining faster than expected and forecasts show that this phenomenon will continue. The most likely reason is the popular claim that higher education in Poland is useless. Indeed, young Poles who have already graduated have problems finding jobs. University graduates in Poland face unemployment, often caused by a lack of experience. This explains why others prefer to enter the labour market as soon as they gain some work experience which seems to them more valuable than a diploma. On the other hand, that is good news for those willing to study. As a result, fewer university candidates mean easier entry requirements.
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Kidnapped and Found

Free at Last

Free at Last

On 15 April police finally found Maja, a 10-year-old girl from Wołczków near Szczecin. The young girl disappeared without a trace on her way home after school. At 4.30 p.m. she got off the bus and this was the last time she was seen. The police established the suspect’s identity after his car was captured by a speed camera. The trail was picked up near the Polish-German border: the girl’s uncle recognised her shoe left on the street. For the first time ever in Poland, the new Child Alert procedure was used to find the missing girl and by recreating her last steps Polish officers together with the help of German police successfuly tracked the car which belonged to a woman who lent it to her cousin. It appeared that another man took the car in which the girl was later found near a highway in Friedland. Thankfully, Maja was found uninjured and in good health. The Polish Prosecutor’s office is trying to extradite the suspect to Poland as it was revealed that in the past he was sentenced for kidnapping a 9-year-old child in Great Britain.
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Suicide in Poland

On the Rise

On the Rise

In Poland, about 300 people aged 16-19 commit suicide every year. Psychiatrist Dr. Paweł Kropiwnicki presented the data at a conference in Łódź entitled “Education for Self-reliance” devoted to teachers and educators. According to Dr. Kropiwnicki (of the Medical University of Łódź), the causes of suicide amongst young people are mainly family and school problems, mental illness and substance use. Depression, which might eventually lead to suicide, can often be seen through changes in a teenager’s behaviour, such as giving away personal belongings, a change in the type of music they listen to, or a loss of contact with their environment. Dr. Kropiwnicki pointed out that educational programmes on suicide for young people go virtually unnoticed by their target audience. In Poland, there is still no national programme for the prevention of suicide. An example of effective prevention, according to the psychiatrist, is a programme which runs in several European countries called Saving Empowering Young Lives in Europe (SEYLE). It is an educational programme for teachers, educators, priests, and people running after-school activities. Unfortunately it was not implemented in Poland. This is compounded with a lack of availability of medical services, which could prevent the hospitalisation of many teenagers.
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Poles vs Poles

Polish Pride?

Polish Pride?

Many Polish people have already experienced the scheming and poor behaviour of their compatriots whilst travelling abroad. Many Polish immigrants claim that Poles are an envious lot and often do harm to compatriots who are doing better than them in their new home. What is more, Polish people say that it is useless asking for help from their fellow countrymen because they will take advantage of weakness. They always have an ulterior motive and it always concerns money. When it comes to money, Polish people will do their best to get as much as possible. What is more, they cannot stand the fact that their compatriots earn more money working for foreigners. However, Polish people who live in their motherland are hospitable and generous. For reasons which are unknown, everything changes when they go abroad and start behaving like competitors towards other Poles.
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Counterfeit Medicine

Fake Drugs

Fake Drugs

The production of counterfeit medicine in Poland is a growing problem. The head of the Main Pharmaceutical Inspectorate Zofia Ulz says that the quantity of fake medicine is still on the increase. This is happening due to the fact that counterfeiting medicine is much easier than counterfeiting money. According to World Health Organization (WHO), Polish people spend an approximate PLN 1 million on counterfeit medicine, most often on antibiotics and hormones. Interpol and Europol, local police authorities and pharmaceutical inspectorates from different countries including Poland are coordinating operation “Pangea”, which was instigated to check websites, herbal stores and markets. Thanks to “Pangea” 11,000 websites were closed down and 450 people were arrested in 2014. Zofia Ulz also announced market surveillance studies on suspected illegal products, in which medicine, dietary supplements and cosmetics had been tested. Tests from 2013 showed that half of all dietary supplements in Poland, obtained from both legal and illegal sources, contained psychotropic or narcotic drug substances.
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Convention Against Violence

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence

Polish President Bronisław Komorowski has signed a Council of Europe Convention, which concerns the eradication of violence against women and also seeks to eradicate domestic violence. The event took place in the headquarters of a foundation that fights for women’s rights. President Komorowski said that victims, weaker and injured people should be protected. He stated that following negotiations with his legal team he has found that the Convention is not contrary to the Polish Constitution. Surprisingly, the Convention does not have a great many followers in Poland and what is more, it has not yet been ratified. According to Komorowski, this international treaty will have a positive effect on Polish law in the future. “It is important as it will prevent pathological situations and therefore injuries and fatalities in many families in Poland. Thanks to this legislation women will be additionally protected against violence, discrimination and stereotypes. According to the law, every citizen is equal and should not be discriminated against in Poland and the EU.
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