Up to 400 people gathered outside the Education Ministry in central Riga October 23 to protest against plans to introduce the majority of education in the Latvian language at schools currently teaching in Russian.
The University of Latvia has been ranked in 44th place in a list of 250 universities in central and eastern Europe and central Asia, an improvement of three places on last year's 47th slot.
On September 13 the Innovation Center of the University of Latvia and Microsoft was opened, the first center of its kind in Northern Europe, the university said.
Latvian teachers' salaries are the lowest of all the 35 member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) but about 20 percent higher compared to similarly educated workers, according to the latest international report "Education at a Glance 2017: OECD Indicators".
Foreign dentistry students will no longer have to prove their Latvian skills to receive a medical license, the government ruled September 12.
September 1st sees the long summer holidays drawing to a close and the start of a new school year.
While parents and children prepare for the specifics of the start of a new school year on September 1, a wider picture shows a worrying decline in pupil numbers as part of Latvia's long-term demographic challenge.
As many as 18,744 first graders will start school in Latvia this year, according to the Education and Science Ministry’s data.
On 14 August, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs presented award certificates for the United World College (UWC) scholarships to Latvian secondary school students on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the UWC movement in Latvia. Three students will soon be representing Latvia at UWC’s schools and colleges in Armenia, Italy and Norway.
On August 8 Latvia's government supported Education Ministry rules saying students at grade 9 and 12 will have to pass exit exams in Latvian as opposed to minority languages like Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, etc.
Despite falling juvenile crime rates across the country, violence at schools is as common as ever, says Latvia's State Police.
On July 20 the University of Latvia signed a deal worth €30m with the European Investment Bank over funding the second-phase construction of the Latvia Academic Center for Natural Sciences.
The current number of students in Latvia is sufficient for only 130 high schools, a study presented July 20 by researcher Jānis Turlajs suggests. There are currently 313 high schools in Latvia.
The Education and Science Ministry plans on moving forward with proposals which would allow for children to begin schooling from the age of six.
This year fewer than 12,000 future students have applied at Latvia's universities, a few thousand fewer than last year, reported Latvian Radio on July 12.
The results of Latvian high school students in the mandatory graduation exams this year are worse than a year ago, according to the National Center for Education.
Employees of the state-owned 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. The Education Ministry has asked prosecutors and anti-graft officials to start a probe.
The Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE) has produced a new multilingual publication designed to help journalists and members of the public alike in the battle against so-called 'fake news'.
Latvia's dedicated cyber-security agency has come up with a bold challenge to hackers: steal our secrets if you can!
In the 2016/2017 academic year the number of children in Latvia's education institutions has decreased by 443, Education Minister Kārlis Šadurskis told LTV Thursday.
The demographic decline will require Latvia to revisit the education system’s capacity, including numbers of schools and tertiary education institutions, and staffing levels, according to a report released Thursday by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Six schools will be closed and 12 education institutions reorganized this year, according to information by the Education Ministry.
The Forge of Happiness (Latvian - Laimes kalve) society, which has ties to the Scientology movement, has held lectures in several Latvian schools, Latvian Television's investigative journalism team De Facto reported Sunday. Representatives of the movement have lectured children as young as ten, and say about 2,000 pupils have heard them across Latvia.
Explaining the plans to close or reorganize high schools that have few students, Latvian Minister for Education and Science Mārīte Seile talked with Latvian Radio on Thursday, saying that specialized high-quality education is in high demand but it cannot be ensured if there are few students in the classroom.
According to a proposal floated by the Education and Science Ministry (IZM) working group intended to streamline the nation’s public school system, municipal schools, leading provincial towns and rural districts would, respectively, need to register 22, 18, and 14 pupils to open a 10th grade high-school class. Many would probably fall short of such a minimum requirement, forcing kids to travel farther from home to go to school.