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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Education in Lithuania: Raising performance for a resilient Lithuania

This chapter introduces the main features and trends in Lithuanian education, and examines the overarching challenges facing the education system. Faced with challenges of episodic economic growth and population decline, the nation’s education system can support demographic stabilisation, social cohesion, and economic growth. To do this, the nation’s education system – which has achieved wide scope – must place special emphasis on raising educational quality. This will require that its schools and its higher education institutions perform at a higher level than in the past, developing the language, scientific, and mathematical fluency of its young adults to a high level; training innovative and skilled professionals for working life; carrying out research rooted in European and international engagement, and which meets international standards. The chapter concludes by outlining four strategic, systemic steps that policy makers might take to address these challenges.


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