Lithuanian Minister of Education, Science and Sports Gintautas Jakstas expressed his approval of the decision of the Vilnius City Hall to gradually abandon the teaching of Russian in Lithuanian schools as a second foreign language. In an interview with radio station Ziniu Radijas, Jakstas noted that he evaluates this decision positively, given Vilnius’ active attraction of resources to the development of language education in general.
Minister Jakštas noted that although the Ministry of Education will not separately issue an order to abolish the study of Russian from the sixth grade in Lithuanian schools, he supports the idea of providing the opportunity to study EU languages, which are necessary for residents of Lithuania.
The Minister expressed his approval that students are encouraged to study EU languages. However, he also pointed out that lack of choice is a major barrier to learning other languages. In addition, Jakstas noted that the lack of teachers is also a problem.
Earlier, Deputy Mayor of Vilnius Arunas Šileris said that starting in September, the Vilnius City Hall plans to stop the proposal to study Russian as a second foreign language. More about this read the material Public News Service.
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