In Dobczyce (Małopolska), the “Tour de Konstytucja” action was organized. Students took part in it. Now the headmistress of the local Primary School No. 1 has been suspended and is to stand before a disciplinary committee. The Minister of National Education, Przemysław Czarnek, as well as the spokesman for children’s rights and the school superintendent in Małopolska, demanded that the consequences be drawn from it.
The action was carried out in June. Meetings from the “Tour de Konstytucja” series were then held all over Poland. Civil rights and obligations were discussed there.
In Dobczyce, such a meeting was attended by students of the local primary school No. 1. Przemysław Czarnek, Minister of National Education, he later announced that he would draw the consequences towards people who agreed to the participation of students in the event. He called their presence at the constitutional meeting “disgusting and scandalous”. Barbara Nowak, the curator of education in Małopolska, also announced that she would take steps.
Suspension and disciplinary board for the director
Nowak demanded that the mayor of Dobczyce dismiss the school’s principal. The mayor initially refused to make a decision and asked that the matter be dealt with by the board operating at the school board.
The mayor of Dobczyce argues that he did not want to suspend the director, but was obliged to do so by the board of trustees. – According to my legal advisers, the regulations required a decision to be made without the possibility of issuing an assessment by the leading authority. I have to follow the regulations that are binding on me when it comes to the pedagogical supervision authority. I was practically obligated – explains Tomasz Suś, mayor of Dobczyce.
Ultimately, the motion for suspending the headmistress came from the disciplinary spokesman at the Małopolska voivodship and the children’s rights ombudsman. At the end of September, a decision was made that he was to appear before a disciplinary commission.
In the justification of the decision, we read that during the meeting on the constitution, students were exposed to content that was not adapted to their developmental age.
The organizers of the “Tour de Konstytucja” action say that such actions are to have a chilling effect. As reported by Marcin Kwaśny, a TVN24 reporter, this has already happened in Giżycko (Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship), where a meeting with judge Waldemar Żurek was to take place in one of the high schools. Ultimately, however, it was canceled.
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