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Poland: MEPs back control of schools to end “threats to children’s morals”

The Polish government moved closer to controlling schools after a new bill was approved by parliament.

Under the proposed legislation, extracurricular activities run by NGOs in schools will need to be approved by a government appointed supervisor.

The ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party says the law is needed to protect children during their education.

But opponents have expressed concern that the law limits the teaching of LGBT + and reproductive rights.

The so-called Czarnek law – named after the Polish Minister of Education – was approved Thursday by 227 Diet lawmakers, while 214 voted against.

The law will now be transferred to the upper house of the Polish parliament – the Senate – where the opposition parties hold the majority.

Przemysław Czarnek said the government should be able to block any education program that poses a “threat to the morals of children”.

But opposition MPs expressed their anger that the law had been approved by the Polish parliament.

“Instead of saving Polish children from depression on the one hand and extreme poverty on the other, Minister Czarnek pledged to politicize Polish schools,” left Polish MP Agnieszka Dziemianowicz said. Bąk on Twitter.

Since 2015, the PiS has introduced a series of educational reforms based on traditional Christian values.

If the bill is rejected by the Polish Senate, it will return to the Sejm for another vote before being promulgated by President Andrzej Duda.

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