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1. Youth Policy Governance

1.9 Current debates and reforms

The education reform that was initiated in 2016 and whose implementation started on 1 September 2017 is one of the key reforms affecting young people’s lives. The previous education system (6-year primary school, 3-year lower secondary school, 4-year comprehensive secondary school, 4-year technical secondary school, 3-year vocational school and post-secondary schools) has be replaced by  8-year primary schools, 4-year comprehensive secondary schools, 5-year technical secondary schools, 3-year 1st degree trade schools, 2-year 2nd degree trade schools, 3-year special schools preparing for work, and post-secondary schools. On September 1, 2019 lower secondary schools were completely closed.

1 August 2019 a personal income tax (PIT) relief was introduced for people up to the age of 26 and they receive income from employment contracts and orders concluded with the company. Over 2 million young workers will benefit from the relief.

From March 2020 the British Council Poland organize the “Next Generation. Poland” research on attitudes, moods, views and visions of the world of Polish women and Poles aged 18-30. “Next Generation” is a research series on young people carried out by the British Council around the world.

As part of the project “#PLdlaMłodych” young people in cooperation with experts realize an analysis of the needs of young people living in Poland. The result of the project will be a strategic document with recommendations for policymakers. Recommendations include 7 thematic areas: education and higher education; labor market; civil society; technological challenges of the 21st century; health, culture; social policy; sport, tourism and entertainment.