it may be all right in various fields - but not in speaking a foreign language - you don't have time to look for the basic words if you are to communicate in a foreign language - why would you learn a foreign language if you actually won't speak it anyway - so there is something (or rather plenty) wrong with the appraoch to teaching foreign languages
A lot of that is due to the fact that the vast majority of talented people in languages won't go anywhere near a school - I know several, qualified (to teach) individuals who would make fantastic teachers. But they won't do it - not for the pitiful salary and conditions on offer.
But again - the rigid system stops them offering higher salaries to attract the best. The way that foreign languages are taught is really a disgrace - and yes, I agree, it's the Government's job to sort it out. For me, it's one example where Tusk has miserably failed.
you can't do much as a teacher - even if the pupil is doing very bad you risk a lot trying to stop his promotion - so you don't have instruments to punish the indisciplined (and we are talking of things like serious anti-social behaviour)
You can do pretty much nothing - I was shocked to discover that teachers can't even send children to stand in the corridor, which was a standard punishment for us.
very good point - probably more than applicable to Poland
Definitely more than applicable. The lack of transparency in many cases is just shocking - even to the point where the people taking English language medical courses are getting a far easier time than Polish language courses. It's an utter disgrace - and as I said - Tusk's government has failed badly in respects to education.
It might surprise you, but my personal feeling is that PO are doing a horrible job with education. The higher education reforms are good, but they don't go far enough - and they still don't address the issue that Poland is producing vast amounts of poor quality graduates. The utter failure to get a grip on universities opening endless new (and pointless) departments is just one example among many. And now - there's no President Kaczynski to veto anything - so no excuses. I can understand putting off pension reform, but reforming education wouldn't hurt anyone.
My favourite though, is the way that teachers are on a 18+2 hour (one hour being 45 minutes) week. I mean - seriously? Why on earth so little?
4.Oral exams favoring the offsprings
Big problem in law, medicine, etc. in Poland.