The obligation to send a five-year-old to kindergarten
Reform regarding the compulsory sending of six-year-olds to school deferred until 2014 did not affect the provision on the obligation to send a five-year child to kindergarten. Since 2011, all children over the age of five are covered by compulsory education, i.e. one-year pre-school preparation. Unfortunately, in many cities, villages and towns there is no suitable preschool (or there are no places), that's why five-year-olds are sent to schools where preschools are planned. How does it look in practice? Parents complain that they often dramatically. Schools are not prepared to work with such children.
Six-year-olds must attend school
Until now, parents had a choice whether to leave a six-year-old in kindergarten or send a year faster to school (less than 20% of people used this option).
From 2014, if nothing changes, they will not have such an opportunity and all children who turn six in a given year will go to school. The paradox is that in one year they will implement both the kindergarten and first grade program. It's not everything… the school benches have to sit children who have two years difference. Why? All because of a lack of intermediate solutions. Parents who were reluctant to send their children to school in previous years will have to send them in 2014. This means that six-year, seven-year and five-year-old children will sit next to each other (six annually, e.g. from December).
How to reconcile the needs of children of such different ages? Considering that at this stage of development the differences between children are fundamental, and school readiness can be a problem for both seven and five years old, one needs to be prepared for many problems.
The more that practice shows that parents who until now had a choice whether to send children faster to school or not, and decided on the first option, had to count with the problems of the youngest, unfit to stay for five hours in school benches. There were situations of repetition of the class. Now the problem is to be even greater because it is associated with overcrowded classes.
Postponement of the Act, and ultimately its total abolition are demanded by persons operating in Parents' Ombudsman Associationwho call for signing the petition "Let's save toddlers and older children too". Along with them, indignant parents collect signatures, oppose changes that neither schools, teachers nor core curricula are ready for.
What about the Ministry? Not coping with questions from Internet users on a social networking site, he sends upset parents to the market ... for tulips. And how can you not comment on it other than in the categories of ignorance or even ... lack of upbringing?
Opposition to no choice
"Let's save toddlers and older children too" is a response to the act on the education system, which assumes that from September 2014 all six-year-olds will have to go to first grade in primary school. Until now, parents decided whether to send the child to school or to school.
A petition calling for an amendment to the act is another such action. The first collection of signatures was organized in 2008. Thanks to it, it was possible to postpone the reform of reducing the school age by three years, that is until 2012. The next step was to create a civic bill "Six-year-olds to kindergarten", which in 2011 was signed by almost 350 thousand. people. In response, the government postponed the introduction of the law for another two years.
However, this is not the end of the fight. Parents decided to organize collection of signatures for a referendumto be able to comment on the indefinite postponement of the obligation to carry out the planned changes. They do not want to accept that decisions about their children should be made behind their backs. They want to have a real impact on what age the child will start education and on what terms it will take place. Petition signatures are collected in 100 cities and online.
What are the parents fighting for? For the opportunity to make decisions. Does this fight make sense? In our opinion, YES! It is not about not sending children a year faster to school: it was possible without the act so far, but it would be give parents a choice. After all, they know if their child is prepared for early education or not. Conscious and mature parenting is about to send the kids to school ready. In addition, as citizens of the country where we pay taxes, we have the right to require that every law be well prepared, both in terms of substance and finances. In this case, there is no question of readiness in any of these aspects.
It is difficult to accept the inconspicuous introduction of laws, the lack of public consultations and ignoring the parents' worries. For this is another KIT and a hot place in this section for those in power!