Lithuania: Education Minister urges phasing out Russian schools

Lithuania’s Education Minister, Gintautas Jakstas, has proposed phasing out secondary education in Russian, following the Latvian and Estonian example, BNS reports. He suggests focusing on EU languages. The Ministry of Education is exploring ways to suspend Russian as a language of tuition, with a proposal expected soon. Jakstas emphasised that Russian schools would not be closed, but that the language of teaching should change gradually, particularly for new classes. Currently, around 14,000 students attend Russian schools in Lithuania, mostly in Vilnius, Visaginas, and Klaipeda.