The minister of education and science, Przemysław Czarnek, announced that he would meet President Andrzej Duda on Monday at 4 p.m. on the act commonly known as lex Czarnek, i.e. the amendment to the Education Law, assuming, among other things, increasing the role of education superintendents. – It will be a nice, nice meeting – he said in Jarosław in the Podkarpacie region.
Przemysław Czarnek announced that during the meeting with the president, which will concern the amendment to the Educational Law, called lex CzarnekMirosława Stachowiak-Różecka, chairman of the parliamentary committee on education, science and youth, and the deputy minister of education, Dariusz Piontkowski, are also to participate. “It will be a fun, nice meeting,” he said.
When asked if he thought he would be able to convince the president to sign off on the changes to the Education Law, the minister replied that “the president has an autonomous decision on this matter”. – I do not intend to interfere with his constitutional powers – emphasized the minister.
Meeting of the opposition deputies with the first lady
On Monday at the Presidential Palace with the President’s wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda MPs from the Civic Coalition met on this matter. – The First Lady shared our fears. As a former teacher, she made it quite clear what she thinks about the act – said MP Kinga Gajewska after the meeting.
The Chancellery of the President said in a statement that “the First Lady listened to the arguments and recommendations of her interlocutors, declaring that she would pass all comments to President Andrzej Duda before his meeting with Minister Przemysław Czarnek”.
The Seym passed an amendment to the Educational Law on January 13. Now the Senate is dealing with the novel. Pursuant to the new regulations, the role of education superintendents will be strengthened, and the rules governing the functioning of non-governmental organizations in schools and educational institutions will be changed.
According to the amendment, the headmaster of the school or facility will be required – no later than two months before the start of classes conducted by associations or organizations – to obtain detailed information about the action plan in the school, the outline of activities and materials used in the offered classes, as well as obtain a positive opinion of the curator. education for the activities of such an organization at school or in an institution.
The curator has 30 days to issue an opinion. Participation of a student in classes conducted by associations or organizations will require the written consent of the parents of the minor student or the adult student. Scouting organizations were excluded from this procedure.
The amendment also stipulates that if the head of the school or educational institution fails to comply with the recommendations issued by the school superintendent, he will be able to summon him to explain why he did not do so. If the principal still does not follow the recommendations, the probation officer may apply to the governing body of the school or facility with a request to dismiss the principal during the school year, without notice.
The managing body will have 14 days to dismiss the director, if he does not, the appointment of the director will expire 14 days after receiving the request. The amendment does not provide for a way of appeal.
For many months, the act has been provoking criticism from non-governmental organizations, local government corporations and educational trade unions.
Main photo source: PAP / Darek Delmanowicz