Lithuanian education system goes back as far as the sixteenth century. In 1773 we came down in Europe’s history by opening the first Ministry of Education –Education Commission – as it was then called.Our current education system involves twelve year programme of comprehensive education and two-cycled programme of higher education.
Lithuanian education system, encompassing all its cycles – primary, secondary and university education – was developed in the sixteenth century. First schools opened up at the end of the the same century. It was in the sixteenth century that Lithuania saw a rapid development of parish (primary) schools, and Catholic schools.
Lithuania has twelve years of comprehensive education and three cycles of higher education, including the programmes of Bachelor, Master and the Doctorate. The system is designed for pupils and students to be able to freely choose their field of studies enabling them to concentrate on specific subjects. The National Examination Centre is in charge of matura examinations.