Ukrainian teachers ready to work in Polish schools

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About 3,500 Ukrainian teachers have already applied for jobs at Polish schools, the education minister has said.

The Polish education system could find it difficult to cope with the tens of thousands of refugee children now signing up for schools without the assistance of Ukrainian teachers.

"Some 3,500 teachers have filled in the form so far, voicing their willingness to be employed at Polish schools," Przemyslaw Czarnek told Polish Radio on Tuesday.

However, he added, most of them are putting off their decision to start work, and were waiting to see what will happen in the next few weeks in the hope that they can return to Ukraine.

Czarnek said that 165,000 Ukrainian children are already attending Polish schools, including 30,000 registered in kindergartens.

He added that the Polish schooling system is capable of accommodating all the children of Ukrainian refugees.

Czarnek also said that talks with refugees show that the majority want to go back to their country once the war is over.

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