Picket protests against education language reform

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.

Teachers' salaries lowest in OECD

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".

Pupil numbers enjoy temporary bounce

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.

Students get international scholarships

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.

Exit exams will be in Latvian only, says government

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.

Latvia has too many high schools, study suggests

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. 

University applications plummet

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.

Faltering exit exam results this year

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.

Axed teacher academy doles out €1.4m in bonuses after liquidation

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.

Demographic decline will require closing schools - OECD

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 to close this year

Six schools will be closed and 12 education institutions reorganized this year, according to information by the Education Ministry.

Scientologists lecture in Latvian schools

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.

Small high schools to be phased out starting 2016

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.

Minimum class-sizes could threaten some rural schools

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.