Lithuanian president unsatisfied with education system improvement

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-02 22:27:08|Editor: ZX
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VILNIUS, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- Lithuania has not achieved sufficient progress so far as regards teachers' situation and the prestige of their profession, the country's President Gitanas Nauseda said on Monday.

He was speaking while visiting one of capital Vilnius' schools on the occasion of the Day of Education and Knowledge.

"The process is too slow and unsatisfactory. We claim that the teaching profession must become prestigious, yet unfortunately there is no sufficient progress towards this goal," Nauseda was quoted as saying by local media.

At the beginning of 2019, three top "ideas for Lithuania" were unveiled as part of a national initiative led by the media and the state's leaders. One of the ideas, welcomed by the ministry of education, suggested making the teaching profession prestigious by 2025.

According to Nauseda, "it is yet a lot of to be done" in order to achieve the goal.

The necessary funding for the improving of education system should be found within existing resources of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, the head of state said.

"I would not like the discussion to revolve around how much more money we can allocate from the budget. I see plenty of resources today which the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport is using ineffectively," said Nauseda.

He gave Finland as an example to be followed in the education sector, noting that Lithuania was "lightyears behind Finland".

At the end of 2018, massive teachers' strikes against low salaries shook up Lithuania, with more than 70 out of nearly 2,000 country's schools staging walkouts for several weeks.