Latvian PM Kariņš: schools should decide on study process themselves

Centralized decisions on learning organization can no longer be taken as the situations at schools vary, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš told Latvian Radio September 1.

Kariņš expressed hope that onsite learning could take place throughout the year, and decisions on the transition to remote or semi-remote learning could be taken in a decentralized manner, which would be decided by the management of each school in cooperation with local authorities, depending on the situation.

There are several schools where nearly all children have vaccinated against Covid-19, so the conditions in such educational establishments are drastically different than in a school where almost no one has had the jab.

“In my opinion, in these circumstances, when vaccines are freely available, centralized decisions should not be taken, but each school should be assessed,” Kariņš said.

As regards restrictions due to Covid-19 distribution, Kariņš said that the strategic council will meet business partners Thursday to discuss how to work further, but the Prime Minister is doubtful that shutting down the economy would be the right decision.

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