Latvian pupils lack computers and Internet for remote learning

The Latvian Association of Local Government (LPS) said October 27 that most Latvian pupils do not have access to a computer or sufficient Internet connection, or both.

Only 12% of pupils do not have problems with computers and Internet connection, which is necessary for remote learning, according to a survey by the LPS.

Inara Dundure, LPS advisor for Education and Culture, told Latvian Radio that the biggest problems are observed in large families. Several children need to use one computer and in some families parents work from home.

LPS wants more support from the State. But Dundure said the union would consider taking responsibility for computers on its own. In such a scenario, it should be agreed with the Ministry of Finance that the municipalities' budget is not reduced as currently envisaged.

Rainis Znotins, Parliamentary Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM), said that more than 5000 smart devices have already been supplied to municipalities, but it is observed that municipalities do not deliver them to students of their schools.

Similarly, IZM has purchased 6500 computers for 426 schools. The procurement is worth €3.9 million and the new computers are expected to be received by the end of the year.

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