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Barbara Nowacka signs regulation concerning changes in education

Barbara Nowacka signs regulation concerning changes in education

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Weronika Paliczka,
21.05.2024 21:30

Barbara Nowacka has signed a regulation that mandates first aid training for students as part of upcoming changes to the education system. Additionally, there are concerns about an infamous subject introduced by the previous government.

The change of the minister for education and science was highly anticipated, with the new government taking power. Przemysław Czarnek's controversial decisions and his attitude towards the LGBT community had both students and teachers eagerly awaiting an improvement. Donald Tusk appointed Barbara Nowacka, replacing the Law and Justice politician, who immediately began intensive work.

Barbara Nowacka is changing the education system

Changes to the regulation on framework teaching plans will take effect on 1 September 2024. Minister Barbara Nowacka signed the document on 21 May 2024. In a press release, the Ministry of Education stated that the regulation mainly includes similar solutions to those currently in force in the Regulation of the Minister of National Education of 3 April 2019 on framework teaching plans for public schools.

What exactly will change? In the school year 2024/2025, students who start their education in the first classes of secondary schools, such as general secondary, technical, trade, and general secondary schools for adults, will no longer be taught the subject "History and the Present" (Polish: Historia i Teraźniejszość, often abbreviated to HiT). In the following years, HiT will be gradually phased out and eventually discontinued.

First aid classes for all students

Barbara Nowacka has emphasised the importance of learning life-saving skills. First aid classes will be mandatory in primary schools from 4th to 7th grade and in secondary schools from 2nd grade up. These lessons will be incorporated into homeroom classes.

Barbara Nowacka's regulation reduces the period that education at a trade or post-secondary school could be prolonged from two years to one year. Additionally, the Minister of National Education has increased the number of general education classes in higher-level trade schools and decreased the number in lower-level trade schools.

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