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Statistics on educational institutions


2.Organisation and governance

2.8Statistics on educational institutions

Last update: 12 March 2024

This section provides the most recent data available on the number of educational institutions from pre-primary to post-secondary, non-tertiary education level (ISCED levels 0–4). Statistical information on the numbers and characteristics of higher education institutions can be found in the European Tertiary Education Register. A general overview of the categories of institutions providing publicly-subsidised adult education and training can be found in the chapter on Adult Education. The notes below the tables provide explanations on the methods used, to assist with the interpretation of data.

Statistics on educational institutions by type and dependence

Type of  Main Number of educational institutions
institution (Lithuanian) ISCED levels provided orientation of the programmes  Total Public Private independent
Pre-school (ikimokyklinio ugdymo mokykla) 0 (-) 754 541 213
Primary school (Pradinė mokykla) 1 (-) 125 97 28



1, 2 G 180 173 7
Lower secondary education school (Pagrindinė mokykla) 1, 2 G 230 189 41
Gymnasium (Gimnazija) 2, 3 G 394 360 34
VET institution (Profesinio mokymo mokykla) 2, 3, 4 V 55 47 8
Special school (Specialioji mokykla) 0, 1, 2, 3 G 43 42



Source: Education Management Information System (Švietimo valdymo informacinė sistema): Educational and Science Institutions: Groups, Types and Dependence (Švietimo ir mokslo institucijos pagal grupes, tipus ir priklausomybę) (last accessed 12/02/2024)

ISCED= International Standard Classification of Education

G= General                                                              V= Vocational

(:) Data not available                                               (-) Not applicable


The 2018 version of the UNESCO/OECD/Eurostat Manual on concepts, definitions and classification can be consulted for the definitions of regular education (p.10); general and vocational programmes of education (p.19); as well as public institution, government-dependent private institution and private independent institution (pp. 24-26)


The statistics provided, were elaborated according to the legal entity approach: a school and its divisions is counted as an educational institution. Data on the number of government-dependent private institutions is not available because information on the share of state funding in the overall budget of non-state schools (i.e. schools, where the founder and partner are neither the state nor the municipality), is not collected.

Usually a pre-gymnasium implements the first part of the lower secondary education programme (ISCED 2) for grades 5-8 and a lower secondary education school implements the first part of the lower secondary education (ISCED 2) for grades 5-8 and the second part for grades 9-10. However, the pre-gymnasium and the lower secondary education school may include a broader education programme, covering not only lower secondary but also primary education (ISCED 1) for grades 1–4.

Usually the gymnasium implements an upper secondary education programme (ISCED 3) for gymnasium grades III–IV and the second part of lower secondary education programme gymnasium grades I–II. In some cases, a gymnasium can implement a broader education programme – an upper secondary education programme with a full lower secondary education programme or primary, lower secondary and upper secondary education programmes. The sub-chapter, Types of Institutions in section 6.7: Organisation of General Upper Secondary Education, lists these exceptions.

Vocational education and training (VET) schools, shown in the table, can implement primary, lower secondary and upper secondary education programmes along with a VET programme. The table shows the VET ISCED level.

The statistics provided were elaborated according to the legal entity approach: a school and its divisions is counted as an educational institution.

VET institutions have programmes adapted to people with special education needs. These VET institutions are counted into the total number of VET institutions.

Some general education schools have separate classes for students with special education needs. General education schools integrate special education needs students in regular classes. These schools are also included into the total number of general education schools.