• March 28, 2012
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The minister of education promises that Matura exam will be easier

Gintaras Steponavičius © DELFI (K.Čachovskio nuotr.)

The minister of education and science Gintaras Steponavičius announced on Tuesday meeting with the High Commissioner on National Minorities OSCE Knut Vollebaek that the learners from the national minorities schools taking Matura exam from Lithuanian language can count on a preferential evaluation of their exams for even longer than 8 years.

The minister said it’s possible that lighter treatment of the national minorities can be in operation until current first grade students will take Matura exam from their national language. The minister claims that the ministry cooperates with the minorities, teachers, students and parents representatives in the case of the realization of changes in the education system introduced by the new education act.

‘This is a process that offers new ideas and experience and allows to see the achievements and visible drawbacks,’ stated Gintaras Steponavičius.

Renata Cytacka, the secretary of the Committee of Polish Schools in Lithuania, calls the minister’s statement a marketing gimmick. ‘We’ve dealt with the minister’s monologue, not dialog so far. These are just words, we want concrete evidence. Firstly, how is it going to be approved? Will it be a government order or amendments in the education act? Secondly, in the case of the realization of our demands nothing has changed,’ said Renata Cytacka


Tłumaczenie Adam Gałązka w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Adam Gałązka within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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