Everybody has a right to education in Lithuania. The secondary
education is compulsory. Nowadays the life in our country is very difficult
and a lot of young people don’t go to school, they haven’t even got
secondary education. There are a lot of young people, children especially
in big town’s streets. Some of them work washing cars, selling papers, some
beg and some have nothing to do. These youngsters very often commit crimes.
It is very important that every youngster would attend secondary school.
They would be bu usier and couldn’t commit crimes.

Some years ago secondary schools taught the same subjects, had the
same organization of education. Today they are very different: some of them
teach humanitarian subjects, some – science. The school curriculum, the
organization of the lessons, the timing of the holidays, dressing vary from
school to school. Subjects can be taught in three levels even at one
school. You can take your examinations in three different levels too.
Lithuanian children start attending secondary school when they are six or
seven years old. They g go to the primary schools which are in the
kindergartens mostly. When they are ten or eleven years old they go to a
secondary school. Pupils can stay at a secondary school for twelve years,
but some of them leave secondary school at th

he end of the ninth form. They
go to vocational junior colleges or manual training schools, where they can
get both secondary education and the qualifications necessary for a job.
Before that these pupils must take the examinations for the General
Certificate of Secondary Education. But not only these, all pupils must
take examinations. Everybody can go to a university after graduating from a
secondary school, vocational junior college or manual training school. The
brightest students have a chance of studying abroad.

Pupils can transfer freely from one school to another. Secondary
education is free. Pupils get their textbooks free, too. But some of higher
schools and universities are not free. Students who have not very good
marks in their Certificates of Secondary Education can study there too. But
they have to pa ay money. Those pupils who are not very good at learning can
go to evening school. It is easier to study there.

As for me I attended secondary school No.5 in Marijampolė. I start
attending my school when I was six years old. I have been going to this
school for twelve years now. Our school is 24 years old. It is not very
large: there are about 1000 schoolchildren and about 5 teachers in it. I
like my school because there are my friends in it, because my s
school is
famous for skilled teachers. I am on a good footing with them. Some
teachers are not very tolerant to schoolchildren who don’t agree with them,
but most of them are very generous and nice people; I can go if I have a
problem to them. So I am sad at the thought of leaving my school, teachers
and class friends. It is definitely our last year at school so I have to do
my best.

We have a canteen, a library, some cloak rooms, a big sport hall, a
school hall in our school. We have a large playing field near our school.
Inside the school building we have a lot of special classrooms where
different subjects are taught. The biology room is my favourite because
there are many dummies in it. My favourite subjects are English, Biology
and Literature. There are some clubs at our school. We have got basketball
and football teams. There are some singers and a lot of dancers at our
school. On Saturdays we often have dances. We always celebrate various
celebrations: The Day of Valentines, The Day of liars, The Day of teachers.
We have a nice egg exhibitions in spring. But the most impressive is our
New Year carnival.

My parents want me to be a doctor. It is t
their ambition, and I am
planning to study medicine in Kaunas. I want to become a midwife. It’s a
very responsible and significant profession. I hate having to ask my mum
and dad for money. So I must study. But I don’t want to leave my family
and friends. Anyway, I’m scared of living on my own in a big town. I must
continue learning for the rest of my life.

Education is very important in person’s life. The years when we
attend at school are the happiest. Educated people are intelligent.

The school year begins on the first of September and finishes in
June. The school year is divided into three terms.

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