- December 9, 2015
Former head of the Security Department: Schools of national minorities must be closed
Former head of the National Security Department Gediminas Grina proposes abolishing schools for national minorities.
According to Grina, such schools have become a „ghetto of education”, and he feels it is no wonder that the students are leaving later and later to attend a military camp in Russia.
„These schools are not teaching civic attitude, because they are isolated from the national community. If a school is created on the basis of affinity with a national minority, it means it is based on some other rules” – said Grina.
In his opinion, there should be neither private nor public schools for national minorities in the county – with the exception of international schools for the children of NATO diplomats.
„I think such schools should not exist. If there is an organisational formation, there always will be someone to finance it, in that case there are plenty of sponsors who know how much money comes from the East.” – Grina emphasized.
The proposal for the liquidation of schools of national minorities was first announced on Grina’s Facebook profile after the media published information on the students leaving for holiday camps in Russia. This week, the portal 15min.lt informed that, during the summer, a group of students from Visaginas took part in a holiday camp for young intelligence officers where they learnt how to march, shoot and throw grenades.
Translated by Katarzyna Kosińska within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.