2020.04.17 16:05

Lithuanian minister suggests ending academic year early

BNS2020.04.17 16:05

School year could end almost a month early, on June 1, due to the coronavirus epidemic, Lithuania's Ministry of Education, Science and Sports has suggested.

“Taking into account the extreme situation in the country and as remote schooling is gaining momentum, we suggest that secondary schools organise education until June 1,” Education Minister Algirdas Monkevičius said on Friday.

Classes for primary school students would normally last until June 9 and for secondary school students, until June 23.

Monkevičius added that the ministry would consult with municipal authorities and schools over the coming weeks before deciding whether to end the academic year early. However, classes should continue at least until June 1, he said.

Special attention should be given to final year students preparing for graduation exams which will start on June 22, the ministry said.

Secondary schools across the country were ordered to close on March 16 due to the coronavirus. Since then, classes have continued online.

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