Fate of Teachers Uncertain

Concerned Teachers

Concerned Teachers

The deadline for the procedure allowing principals to dismiss teachers expires this Friday, however, Ryszard Stefaniak, head of the education division of the Office for the City of Częstochowa strongly opposes the idea. He states that it is not yet clear how many pupils will choose vocational, technical or high schools, therefore, the deadline for terminating agreements with freelance-teachers should be prolonged until late August. Furthermore, Stefaniak adds that local governments should provide teachers with a three-month notice period instead of setting one, unchangeable deadline for the end of May. Even though there were cases, in which principals had to revoke their decisions of dismissing teachers due to an excess of applying school-goers, trade unions do not second his idea stating that this may lead to many abuses. On the other hand, local governments point out that teachers do everything to avoid redundancy, for example, several years ago they tended to take year-long convalescent leave. Trade union representatives believe that redundancies of teachers will be undertaken by the local governments on a much larger scale this year. However, the Ministry of National Education claims that the only period of extensive redundancies was in 2011 after the elections to local governments in 2010. Moreover, there were barely any redundancies noted during the next years, and those teachers, who were laid off, were offered a job in other institutions. According to Tadeusz Kołacz, head of the education division of the Office for the City of Chrzanów, if the number of pupils in 1st and 2nd grades exceeds 25, the only thing left to do is to either divide the group or hire an assistant. He adds that even if local governments would plan to make redundancies, this would be against the law.
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