Nearly 200,000 children from Ukraine in Polish education system

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Close to 200,000 refugee children from Ukraine have been absorbed into the Polish education system, the country’s education minister said on Wednesday.

Przemyslaw Czarnek told Polish Radio One that of the 200,000 close to 40,000 had been admitted to preschools, about 140,000 to primary schools and nearly 20,000 to secondary schools.

He added that most of the children were studying in mixed classes with Polish students and that around 40,000 were taking part in preparatory classes.

When asked about the remaining children who are not taking part in schooling in Poland, as nearly 700,000 have reportedly arrived in Poland, Czarnek said: "According to the calculations of the Ukrainian Ministry of Education, about 500,000 of the Ukrainian children in Poland are taking part in remote learning with Ukraine."

"We knew from the beginning that some Ukrainian children in Poland would want to remain a part of their education system," he added.

Referring to allegations that refugees from Ukraine have had easier access to public services, he said that this was untrue and that the education system was an example.

"A total of 200,000 children have entered the Polish education system, without priority of any kind over Polish children," said Czarnek. "This education system has been prepared in such a way so as not to interfere with the Polish education system, and it is not hindering Polish children in any way."