Prosecutor starts criminal procedure over teacher academy bonuses

The Prosecutor General’s Office has started a criminal procedure over the general bonuses that have been paid to employees of Riga Teacher Training and Education Management Academy, the office’s spokeswoman Aiga Eiduka said on October 27.

The criminal procedure has been started after the Education and Science Ministry asked the Prosecutor General’s Office to probe the lawfulness the decision to pay out €1.4 million in bonuses to the teacher academy’s staff.

The case has been sent to the criminal police department of the Riga region.

As reported, employees of Riga Teacher Training and Education Management Academy were paid €1.4 million in premiums and bonuses shortly after the government’s decision to reorganize the academy by merging it with the University of Latvia.

Treasury data shows that Riga Teacher Training and Education Management Academy’s expenditure were planned at €6,713,468 for 2017, with €2,021,908 of that amount earmarked for extra payments, bonuses and premiums, which means that the teacher academy planned to spend about third of its annual expenditure on this purpose.

The Riga Teacher Training and Education Management Academy on October 1 was merged with the University of Latvia.

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