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.