The government has closed the state-run National Humanities Lyceum in Minsk, Belapan reported on 27 June, 2003 quoting school assistant principal Lyavon Barshcheuski.
All the teachers were dismissed, and the school building was handed over to the Minsk Municipal Executive Committee, which is expected to renovate it and accommodate another school in it.
The National Humanities Lyceum was the only high school in Belarus that provided instruction in all subjects in Belarusian.
For the past several weeks, its teachers and students protested the appointment of a new principal who, they claimed, did not speak Belarusian and failed to meet the criteria for the top job at the elite school. JM
I would like to express my concern about the situation with the National Humanities Lyceum in Minsk, Belarus. I am greatly shocked that minors in Belarus were denied in their right to study in their native language.
High quality of education and values that National Humanities Lyceum teaches to its students will only serve for the best of Belarus and Her future.
We urge you, President of the Republic of Belarus, to intervene and ensure that children in Belarus can fulfill their right to study in Belarusian.
The Return the Right to be Educated in Belarusian petition to Mr. Alexander Lukashenka was written by Velma and is in the category Education at GoPetition.