Teachers' rights issue in Latvia must be sorted, says union

The issue of teachers' rights or the lack thereof should be sorted, said Inga Vanaga, chair of the Latvian Education and Science Workers Union (LIZDA), in an interview to the “Morning panorama” program of Latvian Television on August 28.

If it is suspected that any banned substances or sharp objects are brought into school, the teacher shall not have the right to inspect them because there is another person's right to privacy. This should be sorted among other things, believes Vanaga.

Vanaga said the union's call would be to improve the rules of internal order for schools. Also, parents should listen more to teachers, said Vanaga.

Vanaga said a lot of situations have been recorded of emotional violence against teachers from the parents' side, and that is one reason that educators often choose to quit.

“This should be jointly addressed at both school and national level,” said LIZDA's president.

Vanaga said that young teachers are in the industry for three to five years.

“Very good teachers are leaving too, because they simply fail to stand by these persistent rights-controlling bodies being mostly on the side of the pupils,” said Vanaga.

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