The Lithuanian government plans to extend the school year to lighten the workload for schoolchildren, Education and Science Minister Jurgita Petrauskienė said on Tuesday, noting that the school year in most European countries lasts until late June.
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"(Schoolchildren) themselves say that the workload at school is huge, with tests every second day and homework for three hours daily. (What we propose) is to spread the same learning programs over a longer period of time," she told members of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party's political group at the Seimas.

The government plans to extend the school year starting next fall.

The school year in Lithuania currently starts in early September and ends in early June: it lasts for 32 weeks for primary school pupils and 34 weeks for secondary school pupils. By comparison, the learning process in other European countries lasts for 37 to 40 weeks per year.

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