The presented data comes from EURYPEDIA.

The public administration in the Slovak republic is guaranteed by both the State administration and territorial administration. The central body of state administration in education is the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic. Pre-primary education is considered to be the first level of the education system and caters for children from 3 to 6 years of age. Primary and lower secondary education is organised as a single structured system, beginning at the age of six and consisting of nine years. The compulsory schooling takes ten years and pupils complete it by finishing the first year of upper secondary education at secondary school (gymnázium, stredná odborná škola, konzervatórium). Higher education is provided at the three levels - Bachelor, Master and PhD study programmes – in autonomy of universities and higher education institutions. Adult education includes the further professional education, the special-interest and civic education.

For a brief description of the different levels of the education system and the other related topics such as teachers and special needs education, please read the Eurydice National System Overview.

While Eurypedia provides comprehensive and comparable information on the Slovak education system, further information may also be found on the websites of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic as well as the National Institute for Education and Institute of Information and Prognoses of Education.

Structure of the national education system 2011/12