Teachers' union: Education Ministry employees deceive government

The Latvian Education and Science Workers Union (LIZDA) is preparing to ask for an assessment of responsibility of individual high-ranking officials of the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) for possible misleading of the management of the Ministry, LIZDA Chief Executive Inga Vanaga said in an interview on Latvian Television July 18.

She said that "people who didn't provide correct information to the minister about what was happening in the industry are continuing to work for IZM". LIZDA looks forward to the official minutes of meeting from the Office of the Prime Minister so that it can ask to assess the responsibility of the employees of IZM.

“It would not be acceptable for both the Prime Minister and the Minister for [Education and Science] to be told that a decision has been made on balancing the load of employees in the sector for the following years, which was a strike requirement and which had to be fulfilled by May 31. This was not done, misleading information was provided,” the head of LIZDA claimed.

She said LIZDA would prove that the ministry's leadership had been deceived, and expressed hope that the management of IZM would evaluate cooperation with individual people, “who are misleading about the execution of government decisions.”

When asked how many IZM employees were allegedly misleading the government, Vanaga said that there was “certainly one, but might be two”.

Education and Science Minister Anda Čakša (New Unity) said in LTV's broadcast “Rīta Panorāma” that it was “the union's interpretation of deception.”

According to her, all issues were examined and examined and IZM worked as a single team.

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