- December 18, 2017
Will Mickiewiczówka have grades 1-4? City Council will decide
This week Vilnius City Council voted to change the status of Adam Mickiewicz Secondary School in Vilnius to a secondary school with grades 1-12. The school would like to implement an ecological way of education.
Vilnius Vice-Mayor Edita Tamošiūnaitė reminded that in spring the municipality changed the education program by introducing grades 5-8. The ministry was requested to accredit an ecological way of education.
Ministry stated that the school, which was accredited in 1998, doesn’t need to be accredited again. If the municipality agrees with the new way of education, it should change the status of the Secondary School on its own.
According to Valdas Benkunskas, a member of the previous coalition for education, the permission to implement grades 1-12 in the Adam Mickiewicz Secondary School will be a disadvantage for the Szymon Konarski Secondary School.
“This is the price which liberals and Remigijus Šimašius have to pay for welcoming Poles to the coalition. Instead of school optimization based on the number of students and other objective criteria, schools that last 12 years are established. These schools will not have more students, though exceptions are made. Those exceptions distort the whole education system.” – said Benkunskas.
Translated by Ewa Kołaczyńska within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.