More than 130,000 Ukrainian children are already enrolled in the Polish school system, Poland’s education minister said on Monday.
Przemyslaw Czarnek made the announcement while visiting an economics school complex on Monday in the southeastern city of Lublin, which has two preparatory departments ready for Ukrainian students.
“We already have 130,000 Ukrainian children and teenagers in the Polish education system,” he said.
“These preparatory departments here…show that this is an excellent and flexible method of admitting Ukrainians to Polish schools, and one that does not put too much stress on them,” he noted.
The Minister of Education also indicated that he was pleased to announce that in just a few days, 900 people registered for the basic Polish language courses organized by the Education Development Center.
He also announced that more such groups will be formed and that this proves that “teachers and people associated with education, as well as Ukrainians who have come to Poland, want to learn quickly in order to work in schools Polish, and this type of work is very necessary.”
Last week, the Center for Educational Development, which is part of the Ministry of Education, started recruiting Ukrainian teachers and education professionals who want to work in Polish schools as teaching assistants. ‘teachers, but do not speak Polish.
Sessions are free and include 60 hours of Polish at a basic level (A1).
It will take six weeks to complete the courses. Classes are held online.