Government rules on class sizes

The Latvian cabinet on Tuesday came up with a fairly complex formula governing how many pupils are needed to form a 10th grade school class.

Following objections from local governments, two separate criteria have been approved.

As of September 1, 2016, a 10th grade class can be opened if there are at least 12 students per class, or a total of 32 high school students in grades 10 to 12 in regional schools.

However, at least 18 students, or a total of 48 high school students in grades 10 to 12, are needed to open up a 10th grade class in the following regions: Adazi, Babites, Baldone, Carnikava, Iecava, Ikskile, Incukalns, Kekava, Lielvarde, Salaspils, Saulkrasti, Skriveri and Stopini.

As of September 1, 2016, a 10th grade class can be opened if there are at least 18 students per class, or a total of 48 high school students in grades 10 to 12 in the following towns: Aizkraukle, Aluksne, Balvi, Bauska, Cesis, Dobele, Gulbene, Kraslava, Kuldiga, Limbazi, Livani, Ludza, Madona, Ogre, Preili, Saldus, Sigulga, Smiltene, Talsi, Tukums and Valka.

In Latvia's largest cities, a 10th grade class can be opened if there are at least 22 students per class, or a total of 58 high school students in grades 10 to 12.

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