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Polish Education Minister Hits Fight for “ghetto Benches”

Education Minister Swietoslawski today condemned the fight for “ghetto benches” in Polish Universities as harmful to the nation’s youth from both the moral and practical viewpoints.

Speaking before the Budget Commission during a debate on the Education Ministry’s estimates, M. Swietoslawski declared: “I regard the fight for separate benches in the Polish high schools as a harmful occurrence. In addition to the bad moral effects, much of youths’ time is wasted and energy lost at a time when it is imperative to strain all faculties for energetic productive work.”

Attributing the demands for separate benches to an “emotional state of youth,” he said this made it impossible to introduce normal conditions at the universities and declared the rectors themselves were divided on the question.