Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has appealed for teachers to suspend their protest so that it does not affect primary school exams, scheduled for April 15-17.
Speaking on Sunday afternoon at Warsaw airport before his departure to Brussels, Mr Morawiecki said that final exams for students ending primary school should take place without any interruption.
We should have a common principle that, where the good of the youth is concerned, the disputes between - let's call it conventionally - adults, are put aside,” the PM said.
A nationwide teachers' strike broke out last Monday, following months of negotiations between teachers’ unions and the government. Teachers demanded an immediate gross rise and changes in their working conditions. They have since modified their demands, asking for the wage rise to be split in two tranches, both payable this year.
The government claims that the budget cannot afford such costs at the moment. With two elections, for the European Parliament and Polish Parliament, upcoming this year, the government has already committed itself to costly social programmes which strongly affect the state budget.