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TVP supports Polish schools in Lithuania protesting reorganisation

The first step has been taken in the process of reorganising two Polish schools in Trakai district, Lithuania. The two Polish-language institutions are to merge with other Lithuanian schools and function as their branches. The protests of the staff, parents and children have not changed the decision of the Lithuanian local governments.

The representatives of local governments have decided to go through with the reorganisation, despite the fact that the children want to continue their education in the current format, and the parents say that the move would breach the children’s right to equal education and put them under significant pressure.

Poland has been actively supporting the Polish minority in Lithuania, as evident from the comment by Romuald Grzybowski, headmaster of the Andrzej Stelmachowski School in Senieji Trakai, who told TVP World that the Polish state had invested in the cause over EUR 800,000 since 2003 until today.

Board Member of Telewizja Polska Mateusz Matyszkowicz visited Lithuania to show support and speak to the principals and students of both of the schools. “We need to pressure the Lithuanian local governments to prevent them from discriminating against Polish schools in Lithuania,” he commented.


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