PLN 40 million from the Ministry of Education on real estate. And what does a Polish school really need? List of the biggest pain points
When the Minister of Education and Science Przemysław Czarnek spends PLN 40 million on villas for foundations and associations, Polish schools save on literally everything. On the one hand, there is no decent remuneration for teachers who quietly leave the profession, on the other – for photocopying paper and toilet paper.
About what the minister Przemyslaw Czarnek spent PLN 40 million, we wrote on January 31 on tvn24.pl. Journalists Justyna Suchecka and Piotr Szostak took a closer look entities that won the competition “Development of the infrastructural potential of entities supporting the education system” organized by the Ministry of Education and Science. The information that foundations and associations often close to PiS buy or renovate real estate with this money caused public outrage. It is hardly surprising, because Polish schools save on everything, and in this saving, unfortunately, they break new boundaries.
What do students and teachers need most today?
1. Psychological help, because 50 percent of students have symptoms of a mental crisis
Over 1,200 – this is the number of vacancies for school psychologists, plus 800 job offers for educators (data from November 7, 2022). This means that in more than two thousand facilities, students do not have a specialist they could turn to with their problems. Once again, so that we don’t miss it: two thousand institutions, each with several hundred students, and all of them have no one to turn to for help.
While a dozen or so years ago, the offices of school psychologists and educators were avoided by a wide berth, now the situation is reversed. The COVID-19 pandemic and the associated remote learning took its toll on students. If for almost a year adults in Poland have been living in the shadows war in Ukrainewhat to say about children and young people. According to the report of the School with Class Foundation from 2021, teachers indicated that as many as 40 percent. of their students suffer from depression, 36 percent are addicted to the phone, 33 percent. shows aggressive behavior, 32 percent have problems with peers, and 24% of them have problems with their peers. students have attention deficit disorder.
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