On November 19th, thousands of teachers and parents held a demonstration in Warsaw, to protest against the government’s plan to get rid of Poland’s middle schools.
From 2017, the Education Ministry wants to phase out the schools that serve students for three years between primary and secondary school because they say the system is not working. Instead, it wants to re-implement the old system of and eight-year primary school and four-year secondary school education.
Critics of the proposal say that thousands of jobs will be lost and a whole new curriculum will have to be compiled in the short time before the phasing out of the schools begins next year.
Supporters of middle schools say that they have played a big part in elevating Poland’s standard of education – bringing it up to the standard of that provided in other European countries.
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