Duda calls for teachers to suspend strike during exams

President Andrzej Duda has called for the striking teachers to let the upcoming middle and primary school finals take place unimpeded. Duda agreed with protesters that teachers should be adequately paid and have a right to demand so.

The teachers’ strike started on Monday, organized by the Polish Teacher’s Union (ZNP) and the Trade Unions Forum (FZZ). Members of the educational “Solidarity” also joined the strike, despite the union signing an agreement with the government on Sunday.

Duda referred to the ongoing strike during his meeting with the inhabitants of Sulęcin, West Poland. The President reflected that teachers are hardworking people who “are trying to do their work in the best possible way, as well as they can, with the greatest care so that future generations of Poles are educated as best they can.”

“These people should be justly paid and have a right to expect that. And I stand with them on this,” Duda added.

I ask all teachers, my countrymen, to let the youth peacefully take their exams, let them take their exams

The Polish President called for reaching a settlement, however, and thanked those teachers who had reached an agreement with the government. 

Andrzej Duda also appealed to the protesting teachers concerning the upcoming middle and primary school finals, which are due to take place this week and next. 

“I ask all teachers, my countrymen, to let the youth peacefully take their exams, let them take their exams. Afterwards, we’ll continue the discussion and you will continue your strike, I’m not saying you will not,” Duda explained and asked the protesters to understand the extremely stressful and difficult situation both students and parents now find themselves in.

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