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Published: 10 december 2012 14:49

Lithuania's future government plans to reintroduce unified tuition fees for all university students

VDU nuotr. / Absolventai

Lithuania's incoming government envisages returning to the scheme where all university students, except for those with excellent grades, would pay an equal fee for their tuition.

"We will drop the dividing up of students into those who pay for tuition and those who study for free. We will set a universal annual tuition fee, which will be equal for all study programs and will be under one average monthly salary. Students with good grades will be exempted of paying the fee," reads the government program draft.

Currently, students in Lithuania study in state-financed slots or pay for tuition, with prices for different programs depending on the cost of training. The scheme was introduced in the wake of the 2009 higher education reform launched by the former ruling center-right government.

The government program should be put to a vote on Thursday. After the vote, the new Cabinet of ministers will get a mandate to work.

The new government also plans to give up university funding by the so-called basket scheme - wherby funding depends on the number of students enrolled in each institution - planning to gradually revise the basket methods in secondary school system as well.

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