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Polish schools prepare for 400,000 Ukrainian children from Sep. 1

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It is estimated that around 400,000 Ukrainian children may start studying at Polish schools from September 1, a deputy education minister said on Monday.

Speaking on public radio, Rzymkowski said: “Currently we have 195,000 (Ukrainian) children. However, I believe that there will be fewer of these children, but it is better to be safe than sorry, so to be prepared for a greater number of children rather than fewer.”

Rzymkowski added that it was difficult to predict further war scenarios, hence a new wave of refugees to Poland could not be ruled out. “We assume that the education system in Poland might accept as many as 400,000 children,” he said.

The deputy minister went on to say that eighth-grade exams had shown that not all children from Ukraine have tied their future to the Polish education system. “Last week we had eighth-grade exams, for which 7,200 students registered and 6,200 turned up,” he explained.

The deputy minister pointed out that according to data of the Ukrainian Ministry of Education, 540,000 children from Ukraine are fulfilling the Ukrainian education obligation in Poland. “It seems a slight overestimate but that’s the information we’ve received,” he said.

Rzymkowski also said that younger children were coping better in the Polish system than older, post-primary students, up to 50 percent of whom are making use of preparatory courses to learn Polish in order to study alongside their Polish peers from September 1.

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