Lower secondary education

Updated: 2018 12 19

Lower secondary education

After completion of their primary education, pupils begin the 6-year lower secondary education programme. The lower secondary education programme is implemented by basic, secondary, vocational education and training schools, pro-gymnasiums and gymnasiums. Education can take place outside the school: in museums, parks, etc. by adjusting the educational process accordingly. General education plans, which schools use to develop their plans, stipulate that the learning environment at school must provide opportunities for active education of pupils, their individual learning, learning in groups of various sizes, and also for practical, experimental, theoretical and other activities. Meanwhile teachers must be provided with opportunities to work innovatively using modern education technology: faster internet, intranet, interactive whiteboards, computers, modern classrooms and classroom equipment, libraries, etc.

The compulsory lower secondary education programme consists of two parts: part I – a 4-year programme implemented in the 5th-8th forms and part II – a 2-year programme implemented in the 9th-10th forms (1st-2nd forms of the gymnasium). Pupils can start learning the second foreign language in the 5th form and in the 6th form the second foreign language is compulsory.

In the 9th form (1st form of the gymnasium), pupils can choose subject modules and study elective subjects according to their interests and abilities.

If the school wishes, students who find it difficult to learn or vice versa, students who are high achievers, can opt to, for some of the time, study according to individual education plans.

In Lithuania, education is compulsory for pupils until they reach 16 years of age. Compulsory education is usually provided up to the 10th form (2nd form of the gymnasium). After completion of the 10th form, pupils must take the basic education achievement test in the Lithuanian Language, Mathematics, and an elective basic education achievement test in Mother Tongue (Belarusian, Polish, Russian or German).

After acquiring basic education and obtaining the basic education certificate, they may continue learning under the programmes for secondary education or vocational education and training or under the combined programme for secondary education and vocational education and training in order to acquire their first qualification.


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