Polish, Lithuanian education ministers sign declaration on education

Polish, Lithuanian education ministers sign declaration on education Marcin Obara/PAP

Polish Education Minister Dariusz Piontkowski and Lithuanian Minister of Education, Science and Sports Algirdas Monkevicius signed a declaration in Warsaw on Wednesday on education of Polish minorities in Lithuania and Lithuanian minorities in Poland.

The declaration, which enters into force on the date of signature, includes an analysis of possible ways of organising the 'matura' matriculation exam in the native language at the state level in Lithuania and introducing the exam results as a condition for university entry. Cooperation between Polish and Lithuanian institutions responsible for organising state exams will be strengthened.

Under the agreement, the Lithuanian side also undertook to provide native language textbooks for schoolchildren with Polish as the language of instruction. As part of the cooperation of relevant institutions of Lithuania and Poland, teacher training courses will be organised.

The declaration is also aimed at solving the problems of educating Polish minorities in Lithuania and Lithuanian minorities in Poland. In addition the ministers set a deadline of specific actions to bring declaration's provisions to fruition.

"I hope this will translate into even closer cooperation, even in translating matura exam tests, not only in Poland but also in Lithuania," Pionktowski said, commenting on the declaration.

In the scope of conditions of Polish minorities' education within the Lithuanian education system, as well as those concerning Lithuanians in Poland, the two sides declared the systematic monitoring of education quality in both countries.