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Maciej Jakubowski: The Institutional Conditions of Adapting to Future Challenges in the Polish Education System

The fifth study of our Future Challenges to Education Systems in Central Eastern European Context project, written by Maciej Jakubowski (University of Warsaw), is available now.

The project focuses on the ability of the Central-Eastern European education systems to adapt to disruptive future challenges, such as technological changes and their impact on labor markets, demographic changes (ageing, migration, etc.), climate change, populist politics and autocratic governance, old and new inequalities, or changing gender roles.

The paper discusses the Polish education system's reforms since the 1990s and the current challenges facing schools. It provides a brief description of the reforms, mainly the 1999 structural changes and the new curriculum and evaluation system introduced around 2007, and also provides evidence on reform outcomes that show a positive impact on student achievement. It also gives insights into how the recent reversal of these reforms was possible and supported by a large share of the population and teachers, despite the evidence. The paper also describes current policy disputes and government attempts to shift attention to ideological discussions about curricula rather than addressing global challenges and the most recent Covid-19 crisis.

Download the study here.

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