President Dalia Grybauskaitė wants to raise the requirements for enrolment at Lithuania’s universities and make successful secondary school leaving exams a prerequisite
Under the current rules applicants needn’t have passed their exams if they pay for their studies themselves.
Journalist Rimvydas Valatka approves of the plan on the website of the Lithuanian broadcaster LRT:
It’s child’s play to get accepted by a Lithuanian university. 566 first-year students who hope to graduate from a Lithuanian technical college haven’t even passed their final secondary school exams! Even at the universities you could fill at least two seminar rooms with such people: there are 57 of them. … Stupidity knows no bounds, as we know. Nevertheless, woe betide the country where stupidity invades the universities and demonstrates with impunity that this is its rightful place.