Cheating at all levels seems to be ok.
It's sad isn't it?
In primary and secondary schools making a student repeat a year is almost impossible.
The amount of trouble, paperwork, threats, scurrilous remarks, abuse and persecution
from parents and superiors, that a teacher would have to face, if he wanted to leave
a student in the same class for the next year is so enormous, that teachers simply
let everyone pass. So, they turn a blind eye to cheating - so the marks are higher
and they don't have to worry. It's an absolute disgrace.
At universities it's similar. The number of students have risen from 400 thousand in 1990
to 2 million today. It doesn't mean that suddenly there are 5 times as many people able
to finish higher studies, as there were in 1990. The number remained the same, but the level
of higher education in Poland today is absolutely abysmal. People who would find it extremely
difficult to pass their matura exam 20-25 years ago, graduate from universities today.
It is all a one, big, educational fiction, but to upkeep this fiction you have to let the 80%
of idiots cheat - as they would never be able to pass any exam without it (despite much
lower level of higher education than in the past.)
It is a shame, a disgrace. One of the things that always annoyed me the most about Poland
and that I could never accept. The cheaters later become businessmen, doctors, lawyers,
policemen and politicians and guess what - they keep cheating... surprise, surprise.
Sorry, Borrka - I remember about your thread in "Rozmowy po polsku", and caring about
Poland's image and all, but it's something that cannot be hidden and has to FINALLY be
dealt with. A disgrace...