President files draft amendments to education law

2020-07-03 20:17 update: 2020-07-08, 12:42
President of Poland Andrzej Duda. Phot. PAP/Maciej Kulczyński
President of Poland Andrzej Duda. Phot. PAP/Maciej Kulczyński
President Andrzej Duda has announced that he is sending to the Sejm (lower house) draft amendments to the education law, under which all organisations and associations in schools will have to be approved not only by the school principals but, above all, by parents.

"It is high time for our legal system, and in tune with the expectations of parents, to finally include the right of parents to bring up their children in accordance with their own beliefs," the president said.

Referring to homeschooling, the president expressed his conviction that it should be ensured by law. He stated that it had recently taken place in nearly all Polish homes, and that it had passed the test. 

"I believe that parents should be granted legally the possibility to homeschool," he said, recalling that an MP draft to this effect had already been filed with the Sejm.

The president also expressed his hope that both drafts, namely, his amendments to the education law and a homeschooling bill "will be reviewed by parliament, as soon as possible, and will be included in our legal system." 

Speaking to voters later in Boleslawiec, south-western Poland, Duda mentioned his amendments, and said that under the new laws organisations wishing to operate in schools will have to submit a resume of their activity and goals as well as information about their staff. "Parents have to know, and have the right to decide about who will educate their children and what they will be taught. So that no one carries out any experiments, or transmits hostile ideologies that the parents disagree with and very often find immoral," Duda said. (PAP)