Referendum on school age lowering likely
October 17, 2013
Polish MPs will decide next week about running a referendum concerning the Education Ministry's reform aimed at lowering the school age to six years, Rzeczpospolita daily writes.
The citizen-authored project stands a chance of surviving in the lower house of Parliament as it has won the support of all the opposition caucuses and also the backing of a number of ruling coalition MPs and some independent MPs, the daily says.
The reform lowering the school age is strongly opposed by a great number of parents and teachers. Although the Education Ministry has encouraged parents to send their children to school at the age of six for five years now, only 15% of them decided to do it this year and some 20% in previous years.