Education Revolution?

Yet Another Change

Yet Another Change

“Prime Minister Beata Szydło and I are the same age and we both have pleasant memories of our childhood,” said former Minister of National Education Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska. Indeed, back then Polish children started their education at the age of 7 and primary school lasted 8 years, however, much has changed. “Today, in 134 countries of the world children begin education at the age of 6 at most,” Kluzik-Rostkowska continued. According to Poland’s new Prime Minister, one of the most important projects of the new government will be to bring back the old educational system. Kluzik-Rostkowska mentioned that 10 years ago, when Law and Justice was in power, the government was preparing an act lowering the age at which children would go to school to 6. The issue was not whether it was the right move or not, but it was a matter how soon Law and Justice could implement this change. “Today, children have so many developmental incentives that it is right to send them to school as soon as possible,” said Kluzik-Rostkowska. Moreover, the former Minister of National Education noted that children who had started their education at the age of 6 had better test results than those who had gone to school a year later. At the same time, Kluzik-Rostkowska fears that bringing back the old educational system will put teacher jobs at risk and raise costs for parents as 6-year old children will have to stay one year longer in kindergarten.
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Poles Studying Abroad

Education Prospects

Education Prospects

In the whole of the EU, the higher education system consists of three levels, which correspond to Poland’s bachelor, master and postgraduate studies. In most EU state a rule applies which allows foreigners to study abroad if they meet the recruitment conditions in their native country. Therefore, if Polish students want to study abroad, they need to pass the matura (matriculation) exam. If Polish students want to be recruited in another country, they will probably have to show a so-called ‘supplement’ to the Polish matura diploma which will enable foreign recruiters to compare these results in compliance with the education system in their country. It is paramount that student know all detailed recruitment conditions, i.e. the dates of filing documents and sending them to the relevant institution. In some countries there is a central institution which is responsible for applying to specific schools. However, the best way is to check the websites of the universities in which students are interested. Although in most universities, classes are in the local language, knowledge of the language is very often required and should be confirmed with an international certificate.
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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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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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Resourceful High School Graduates

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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Kaczyński’s Accusations

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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Poland in Education Top Ten

Perfect Student

Perfect Student

“We have one of the best systems of education in the world. Poland has climbed from 14th to 10th position in the world and to 5th in Europe since 2012 in the prestgious Pearson education league table,” according to Gazeta Wyborcza. Poland’s score is impressive compared against other European countries. “You should be proud,” said  Sir Michael Barber, head of the research team. The Learning Curve report by Pearson is based on the results of three recognised pieces of educational research: the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (a study that assesses the skills of ten-year-olds), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (which examines the mathematics and scientific knowledge of fifteen-year-old students), and the Programme for International Student Assessment, which also assess the skills of fifteen-year-olds. The report also takes into account the number of people with secondary and higher education and also the number of illiterate people in society. Although South Korea and Finland were better than Poland, Warsaw outperformed France, Spain, Germany and all of its neighbours. The report shows that Poland’s educational system has impressively developed since the last report published in 2012. “I want to congratulate all our students, the credit goes them, their effort and talent,” says  Minister of National Education Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska. “Such results show that it is always worth acting and making changes despite criticism,” she added.
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