Lithua­nia's school year ex­tended by 10 days, sev­eral cour­ses ad­dded

The Baltic Times - - BALTIC NEWS - BNS/TBT Staff

Lithua­nia's new school year start­ing next week will be ten days longer and sev­eral new sub­jects, including na­tional se­cu­rity and de­fense and sex­u­al­ity and fam­ily life ed­u­ca­tion, will be added to the cur­ricu­lum, of­fi­cials said.

Ed­u­ca­tion and Sci­ence Min­is­ter Jur­gita Pe­trauskiene said that the ex­ten­sion would al­low spread­ing learn­ing pro­grams more evenly through­out the school year and would help stu­dents to im­prove their re­sults.

Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion and Sci­ence Min­is­ter Grazvy­das Kaza­ke­vi­cius said that even more days would likely be added to the 2018-2019 school year.

This year, the min­istry is in­tro­duc­ing a health and sex­u­al­ity and fam­ily life ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram into schools.

Also, a na­tional se­cu­rity and de­fense ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram, pre­pared jointly with the De­fense Min­istry, is be­ing added as an op­tional course for se­nior sec­ondary school stu­dents.

Over 29,000 first-graders are ex­pected to come to schools this September, down from al­most 31,000 last year.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Latvia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.