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MP puts on hold proposal for Lithuanian history teaching at international schools

  • 2018-06-19
  • LETA/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - The chairman of the Lithuanian parliament's Committee on Education and Science is putting on hold his proposal to oblige international schools operating in the country to teach Lithuanian history.

"I'm still analyzing this possibility. I want to meet with those schools once again to make sure that I do no harm. I have doubts and that's why I decided to postpone," Eugenijus Jovaisa told BNS. 

The Seimas last week planned to vote on Jovaisa's draft amendment to the Law on Education, but it was removed from the agenda. 

"I'm making a pause to make my final decision after discussing it with the schools," the lawmaker said. 

If passed, the amendment would oblige international schools in Lithuania to ensure that their students can learn Lithuanian history and geography and the basics of citizenship. 

Jovaisa said while tabling the amendment that international schools enroll not only foreigners, but also Lithuanian citizens "who fail to complete a full-fledged course in Lithuanian history, geography and civic education in schools lawfully operating in Lithuania".