Polish Government Opens University Department for Jewish Teachers

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

A department for Jewish studies will be created at the College of Philosophy of the University of Warsaw, according to an order issued by the Polish Minister of Religions and Education.

The department is designed to train Jewish teachers for the religious instruction of Jewish pupils in the state high schools. Following the establishment of this department only Jewish teachers who will be graduated from the department will be accepted in the Polish state high schools.

Religion is a part of the official curriculum of the elementary and high schools in Poland. Several hours weekly are set aside for instruction in the Catholic religion by priests. The same hours are used in the schools for instructing Jewish pupils in Jewish religion and history whenever qualified teachers are available. There is, however, a great lack of such teachers, resulting in the circumstance that in many schools no Jewish religious instruction could be provided for the Jewish pupils and many of them were compelled to attend the Catholic religious instruction.

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