Lithuania’s schools to start academic year normally, education minister says

Lithuania’s schools and universities will start academic year normally, with additional safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, Education Minister Algirdas Monkevičius says.

While older school students could have some of their classes taught remotely, those in pre-school and primary education should attend classes normally, he told reporters on Monday.

“Especially young children, who cannot be left home alone, should have the opportunity to attend pre-school and primary school in classrooms, therefore we need to do a lot of work to avoid major problems, and I think we will do that,” the minister said.

Monkevičius said he would present more detailed plans on preparation for the academic year later this week.

Lithuania’s primary and secondary schools are to begin teaching on September 1.

Meanwhile colleges and universities may postpone the start of the academic year, since the coronavirus quarantine pushed back this year’s graduation exams and admissions.


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