Today’s news round up in Poland

Today’s news round up in Poland Kalbar/TFN

Start your day with a summary of today’s top stories from Poland’s leading news sites. – Russia's propaganda machine has attacked comments made by General Miroslaw Rozanski. Talking about the Ukraine-Russia war, the Polish general called on Ukraine to go on the offensive, saying "the best form of defence is attack." His calls to attack Russia provoked a visceral response from Ukraine's enemy, with Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, comparing Gen Rozanski to Andrei Chikatilo, a Soviet-era serial killer who was born in what is now Ukraine and, who was, according to the spokeswoman, a man who "dreamed of living in Poland while reducing the population" of Russia. – The newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza carried a story on how teachers will protest outside the education ministry on Saturday. The protests will come a day after Teachers' Day. They are angry about the state of education in Poland with schools lacking teachers and teachers having to cover subjects they are not qualified to teach. Unions have called on the government to address the shortage. Protesting teachers have established an "educational village" near the education ministry, where there have been a number of events this week focusing on the problems facing Poland's school system. – A Catholic priest who worked at the Catholic University in Lublin as an ethicist and philosopher, has complained of mobbing and says he did not feel safe when he brought up problems regarding the Church with the university, according to a story carried on the website of the news network TVN24. Father Alfred Wierzbicki, who quit the university after 30 years, said he had been attacked by its authorities and faced disciplinary action for criticising the Church's position on LGBT people. The priest said that it was his conviction to stand up for minorities and the oppressed. – The newspaper Rzeczpospolita reported that government ministries each spend millions of zlotys rewarding officials for excellent work. In 2019, the Finance Ministry, described by the paper as one of the most "generous" ministries, handed out around PLN 60 million (EUR 12.4 million) in prizes. The ministry said the money rewarded those who had achieved "outstanding results" in their work. But there are some who argue, the paper pointed out, that the financial prizes are used instead of raising the salaries of civil servants. The paper added that not all ministries are generous, with the Education Ministry, for example, handing out little this year to its employees.