Already 130,000 children of Ukrainian refugees have been accepted into Polish schools as of Tuesday, stated Minister of Education and Science Przemysław Czarnek.
According to the ministerial data, 20,000 Ukrainian children are in preschool, 85,000 are students in primary school and the rest of the children are receiving education in secondary schools. Television channel Polsat reported that as many as 10,000 Ukrainian children are now entering the Polish education system every day.
“Ukrainian children are not taking any of the financial resources dedicated to the Polish education system,” assured the politician of the United Right ruling alliance.
Czarnek admitted that the main problem is the assigning of the Ukrainian children to the right school. The Ministry of Education and Science does not want a situation where too many students are in one space. In large cities such as Warsaw and Kraków, places in schools are taken “in no time.”
“Our first and foremost objective is to let Polish children continue their education normally. We can’t let schools and classrooms get overfilled,” declared the minister.
Czarnek also thanked local government officials who he had worked with.
“We maintain good cooperation everywhere, and we answer to all requests that are made,” he said.
“We have secured the increase of the subsidies for local authorities for Ukrainian children by 140 percent. They should receive those funds by mid-April” added the minister.
By now, over 2,300,000 refugees came to Poland to escape the war in Ukraine.