Ministry hesitating on building of new Estonian state high school in Narva

Two new state high schools are to open in Narva (right) in 2021.
Two new state high schools are to open in Narva (right) in 2021. Source: (Postimees/Scanpix)

Due to a lack of students, the Ministry of Education and Research is weighing whether it is sensible to build a new school building for Narva's Estonian-language state high school or whether the limited number of students can perhaps be placed elsewhere instead.

According to ministry school network director Kalle Küttis, the ministry is concerned about the decreasing number of students at Narva's Estonian-language high school and weighing whether or not it would be sensible to build a brand new school building for just 130 students.

The ministry official said that they have heard two proposals — either to house these students on existing premises or in the large planned Russian-language state high school or to find room for the three classes' worth of pupils at the planned Narva College.

Küttis noted that these proposals came up in the course of the plan to relocate the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences to Narva, adding that there has been talk of housing the city's Estonian-language state high school in a University of Tartu, Narva College building.

"At the same time, nothing has been decided," he stressed, adding that the topic must first be discussed on site.

"Before summer we want to briefly stop by Narva, talk to the Narva Estonian Society and Estonian people about what they think about these proposals or whether they are confident that they must go ahead with the initial idea," Küttis said. "We must make a decision on this by fall at the latest as the architectural competition must be announced."

Of the two state high schools planned for the northeastern border city of Narva, the development Russian-language high school has proven more successful thus far, with the property for the building already secured and plans certain for the construction of a school for 730 students.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

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