Lithuania will stop teaching Russian language in schools

The Lithuanian Ministry of Education plans to stop teaching Russian as a second foreign language that students in local schools can choose at their discretion.

“We would like to do that and we will strive to make it happen. The number of students choosing as a second foreign language not Russian but other languages ​​is gradually increasing,” ministry head Jurgita Siugzdiniene told reporters on Monday.

The ministry pointed out that the problem that complicates such a transition is the shortage of foreign language teachers.

“Mostly, pedagogical universities have trained Russian language specialists, while in others there is a shortage of staff,” Siugzdiniene said.

Accordingly, the changes will affect public schools where education is provided in Lithuanian and Polish.

In these schools, the Russian language is not included in the compulsory curriculum, but it can be chosen as the second foreign language offered by the educational institution.

Last May, the Lithuanian electricity transmission system operator, Litgrid, announced that Moscow had stopped supplying electricity to the country.

The Ministry of Energy has announced that it will stop buying Russian electricity.

“According to the decision of the electricity exchange operator Nord Pool, the trade in electricity produced in Russia, which was carried out by Inter RAO (via its subsidiary Inter RAO Lietuva), is interrupted” from May 22, he said in a statement.

Sylvester L. Goldfarb