Education has long traditions in the Czech Republic.
6-year compulsory schooling was introduced in 1774. There is
now compulsory 9-year compulsory school for all children
aged 6 to 15 years. The vast majority of young people
continue in high school with four choices: public vocational
schools, vocational schools, technical schools or integrated
schools. Secondary education usually lasts for 3 to 4 years.
Extensive changes were made to the country's education
system after 1989. The earlier communist goals based on
Marxist-Leninist ideology were replaced with the principles
of the individual's right in the humanist and democratic
tradition. The authorities have opened up private funding in
addition to public support for schools. Many private
schools, especially at the high school level, were
established after 1990. The education system was previously
centrally controlled. Check
topschoolsintheusa for test centers of ACT, SAT, and GRE
as well high schools in the country of Czech Republic.
The country has 56 higher education institutions, half of
which are private (2005). The oldest university in the
country, and one of the oldest in Europe, is the Charles
University of Prague (founded in 1348 by Karl 4), the
Palacký University in Olomouc (1573, reopened in 1946) and
the Masaryk University in Brno (1919).