- August 8, 2012
The Forum of Parents of the Polish Schools in Lithuania demands that the Ministry of Education make public the results of the mock matura Lithuanian exam.
The Forum of Parents of the Polish Schools in Lithuania has addressed the Ministry of Education and Sicence of the Republic of Lithuania demanding that the results of the mock matura Lithuanian exam be made public. The exam was taken by the students from minority as well as Lithuanian schools in spring this year.
A few weeks ago the Deputy Minister of Education, Vaidas Bacys, made a statement informing that there were no substantial differences between students from the minority and Lithuanian schools. “We already have the first grades. The people who graded the students’ works could choose to apply one of the three criteria so as to establish the best and the most optimal one. The first results show that there are no great differences between the papers” – the Deputy Minister said.
Cytacka: The Ministry gave very terse information.
So far those interested have not been able to learn what the range of the differences in the results was and what mistakes they made. The Forum of Parents addressed the Ministry with a demand to make the results public. “Our principal motivation, as parents, is to know the results and to know what mistakes our children made.”- Renata Cytacka from the Forum of Parents told PL DELFI. In her opinion, the information about the results will enable the students to prepare for the upcoming exam. “It’s only natural that you should want to know the results if you are writing a test. We also want to avoid a situation in which our children become hostages. Because the Ministrey gave very brief answer saying that there were no great differences. But we demand to know the details.” – Cytacka said. She says that the results must be made public before September 1st, so that parents and students know what improvements in their command of the official language they must make.
Bacys: If there is no agreement within the very Polish community, I can only lament it.
The Deputy Minister of Education, Vaidas Bacys, told PL DELFI that complete results of the mock exam in the official language will be made public in mid September. The Deputy Minister claims that this date has been agreed on with the working group in which the Forum of Parents also has its representative. “The first dates were given to the public notice in July. Later, together with the working group, it was decided that mid September would be the time for the detailed results to be made public. There is a joint meeting on the agenda. And the Forum of Parents also has its representative there. After all, it was them who delegated their own representative. The working group has representatives of all minorities: the Polish, the Russian, the Belorussian and the Jewish one. So, first of all, one should start the discussion within the group. And if there is no agreement within the group, one could only lament it.” – Vaidas Bacys explained it to PL DELFI. The September meeting will also be the time when preferential assessment criteria will be elaborated for the students from minority schools.
Tłumaczenie Katarzyna Różańska w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Katarzyna Różańska within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.