• April 15, 2015
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Rudomino middle schools – which one is better?

‘There is no need to fear that a Polish school will be worse than a Lithuanian one’ – says Mariusz Palewicz, student of econometrics, who in his paper compared statistical achievements of F. Ruszczyc Middle School and Ryto Middle School in Rudomino. He presents his findings in the article.

The F. Ruszczyc Middle School has Polish as a teaching language and Ryto Middle School has Lithuanian. Both are located in the Village of Rudomino, (the Vilnius District), where 51 percent of the population is Polish (according to the 2011 census). Based on the yearly rankings of schools in Lithuania, published by the ‘Veidas’ magazine, I endeavored to create a graphic-statistical analysis to compare the level of both schools.

Under the link there are graphics presenting the places earned by both schools in the ‘Veidas’ ranking (for years 2009-2014), and a graphic ‘Disparity between places’ which shows how many places above (or below) was the Polish school compared to the Lithuanian (e.g. 2009 F. Ruszczyc -290th place, Ryto – 495th, disparity = 495 – 250 = 205, so of the F. Ruszczyc Middle School was 205 places above when compared with the neighboring Lithuanian school – Ryto Middle School).

Although it is difficult to make an exact projection in a short time period, based on the calculations of the statistics software ‘R’, it is most likely that in the coming years the average disparity will be upward of 90 places in favor of the Polish school. Given this example, it can be concluded that there is no need to fear that a Polish school is worse than a Lithuanian one. What is more, results of the F. Ruszczyc Middle School in years 2013-2014 are much better, although since 2013 students of Polish schools take a cohesive Lithuanian language exam.

Mariusz Palewicz is a second year student of econometrics at the Vilnius University.

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Translated by Antonina Górka within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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