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Pezda, Aleksandra

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Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 05/07/2011

Don't force kids to start school at six

The Polish parent's group Ratuj Maluchy (save the little ones) on Monday presented a petition with 330,000 signatures protesting a new law under which children must start school at six years of age as of 2012. Currently parents can decide whether their children start school at six or seven. The government should take this protest seriously, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza writes: "The Education Ministry should establish a separate post, employ special staff or commission one of its agencies to lend an ear to the problems and needs of parents. Those who introduced the reform should check how it can be implemented in the various regions. Not with the help of numbers or statistics, but by taking parents' fears seriously. And by the looks of it, Minister Katarzyna Hall will have realised this by now."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 15/12/2010

Polish teachers need higher salaries

Poland's government has presented plans which would enable school directors to adjust teachers' working hours and salaries according to the amount of teaching necessary in the different subjects. The concept is good, but teachers' salaries must increase, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza notes: "With this proposal the government is preparing for the demographic changes it announced long ago. There are fewer children, society is aging and everyone must work longer hours. Schools must adjust to this. ... The government has earmarked 18 billion zloty [4.5 billion euros] for teacher pay rises for the entire legislative period. But the teachers won't even notice the difference because it amounts to just a couple of hundred zloty more [just over a hundred euros] each, distributed over a couple of years."

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