Teachers in Poland are protesting in pursuit of their demand for more education funding. They say schools are closing in many parts of the country because of austerity cuts. Moreover they are demanding a 10% pay increase and say their pay has remained stagnant, despite the fact that they received an increase in percentage terms between 2008 and 2012. Lack of funds also means that teachers' workloads are increasing. They are also protesting about creeping privatisation of schools.

Poland is as much infected with Global Education 'Reform' (GERM) policies as are many other European countries, with responsibility for schools frequently being handed over to private bodies. It is often held up as a country which has benefited from such 'reform' since it ranks highly on the OECD's PISA ratings. However according to research cited by the World Bank itself, the reforms which brought about change were not those connected with privatisation, performance related pay, cuts, standardised testing and the usual familiar list. Rather they involved less segregation between children, more language learning and more freedom for schools to design a curriculum for their community rather than one heavily prescribed from the centre - all things which most of us who oppose GERM would agree with.

Earlier this week thousands of teachers protested in the capital, Warsaw, and marched to the Ministry of Education to make their voices heard for public education.