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Poland Year eight and Matura exam students return to school

July 30, 2021

Original Article: https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/year-eight-and-exam-students-might-return-to-school-in-march---minister-19988

The return to school of year eight and matriculation (matura) exam students may be possible in March, though not at the beginning of the month, Poland's health minister said on Saturday.

Speaking on private radio, Adam Niedzielski said: "At the beginning of the month for sure it won't happen, however in March it may happen, because we're asking ourselves the question where the peak of the third wave will be."

"We can plot black scenarios, but there are also more optimistic scenarios, which say that the peak of this third wave will be at the level of average weekly infections in the order of 10,000 which seems that (...) it is not a problem for the capacity of the health care system," Niedzielski added.

The health minister went on to point out that "medics and the 'zero' group are for the most part already vaccinated."

"So it is not a situation comparable with November, when medics were not vaccinated, when we had a more virulent mutation of the virus, when the situation looked entirely different, because we didn't have so many people immunised against coronavirus in terms of the disease's transmission," he said.

2021 exam schedule

Matura exams will start on May 4 and will run until May 20.

• The eighth grade examination will be held from May 25 to 27.

Professional examinations and examinations to confirm professional qualifications will be held in June and July.

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