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Education in Lithuania

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Lithuania has achieved steady expansion of participation in education, substantially widening access to early childhood education and care and tertiary education, coupling this with nearly universal participation in secondary education. However, if Lithuania’s education system is to help the nation respond effectively to economic opportunities and demographic challenges, improvements in the performance of its schools and its higher education institutions are needed. Improved performance requires that Lithuania clarify and raise expectations of performance, align resources in support of raised performance expectations, strengthen performance monitoring and the assurance of quality, and build institutional capacity to achieve high performance. This orientation to improvement should be carried across each sector of its education system.

 

This report assesses Lithuania’s policies and practices against best practice in education from across the OECD and other countries in the region. It analyses its education system’s major strengths and the challenges it faces, from early childhood education and care to tertiary education. It offers recommendations on how Lithuania can improve quality and equity to support strong, sustainable and inclusive growth. This report will be of interest in Lithuania and other countries looking to raise the quality, equity and efficiency of their education systems.

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Assessment and recommendations

Since the restoration of independence in 1991, Lithuania has succeeded in establishing a reformed and inclusive education system. Policy makers have decentralised responsibility to local governments to organise and supervise schooling, created distinctively transparent arrangements for funding schools, and provided school heads and higher education leaders with wide responsibility for the management of their institutions. Participation in schooling is effectively universal to the end of upper secondary education, and the level of participation in tertiary education is well above both EU and OECD averages. The nation’s education system has emphasised the development of a democratic citizenry fitted for the exercise of self-government and the sustenance of Lithuanian national identity while accommodating ethnic and linguistic diversity. Following Lithuania’s accession to EU membership in 2004 this work has been importantly assisted by extensive EU financial assistance.

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