Members of the parliament asked the Supreme Audit Office to control the works on digital textbooks, as they fear for the quality of the product – reported “Rzeczpospolita” right before the May holidays. This is yet another publication critical of the digital textbook project conducted by the Ministry of Education. The intent is noble, but the execution – as usual – leaves a lot to be desired – writes President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski in an article for “Rzeczpospolita”.
According to Malinowski, reports of irregularities in works on the textbook confirm that officials insistence on getting involved in issues beyond their competences is expensive and usually ends in disaster. – Sadly, no conclusions are drawn from these failures. The opinions of social partners who warn of negative consequences of state involvement – assesses the President of Employers of Poland.
Last year, Employers of Poland presented their opinion on the amendment of the education act which enable the Ministry of Education to print its own textbooks and introduced a system of state subventions for textbooks. We warned that the sums involved did not reflect the actual value of modern education tools.
The amendment was passed without taking these objections into account. As a result, experts are saying all the more often that the state textbooks are simply trash. Apart from that, the reform has caused publishing houses and bookshops to close.
The President of Employers of Poland thinks that the administration’s willingness to listen to social partners will be tested by the “Vocational school year” project. The reconstruction of vocational education is certainly relevant to the ministry’s interests and competences – provided that reforms will be conducted in consultation with social partners, particularly employers.
– It seems we have grown far too accustomed to many government institutions putting the least effort possible into their activities. It’s high time we started demanding more and holding them to account – Andrzej Malinowski concludes.