This money is intended to develop a single platform with both interactive tasks and other learning materials, explanatory videos, technology courses for educators. Both the Latvian Association of Local and Regional Governments (LALRG) and schools themselves support the digitalization of the learning process are supported, but support for pupils in technology purchase and access to the Internet should be considered.
LALRG said the use of digital tools must be balanced.
"These sites with digital content also need digital tools. First for schools at a good level. And then there is the issue of student safety,” said Inara Dundure, LALRG advisor on education and culture.
The LALRG objects to the mandatory requirement for each family to provide digital tools and Internet connections on their own.
Government last week supported the allocation of nearly four million euro to technical procurement in general education institutions. The ministry plans to purchase portable computers and deliver them to local governments. Priority should be given to pupils from large and socially vulnerable families. Ilona Bergmane, director of Riga Teika Secondary School, believes that it is necessary to thoroughly assess who needs the technologies most.
"Creating equal opportunities for all, because not necessarily a large family and also a socially vulnerable family is the one who doesn't have this computer and who cannot buy it. There is still a question of Internet accessibility, because not everywhere the Internet is available. It should be ensured everywhere,” Bergmane said.
Liepaja Secondary School No. 5 also agrees. If the Ministry can fully supply all those who lack a computer, the intention to further digitalize the learning process is to be supported, believes the principal.