Latvian pupils still lack access to remote learning

Latvian Association of local governments (LPS) spokeswoman Ināra Dundure told Latvian Radio November 27 that access to Internet and technology is still a major issue in many Latvian families.

Schools are increasingly transitioning to remote learning, and even more are expected to do so with the stricter rules imposed in separate municipalities.

"Educational institutions, particularly those 12 municipalities with stricter rules, plan to organize work in shifts in order to provide 3 square meters of space for each pupil. It is actually necessary to look at whether [remote learning] is actually available to everyone. Close to 20% [of the surveyed families] do not have a stable internet connection and the main issue is that there is no technology," Dundure said.

“We hope that grades 1 to 6 can fully return to schools after the holidays, but if grades 7 to 12 continue to learn remotely,  a national program should be organized so that, for example, low-income families and multi-child families are provided with computers,” Dundure said.

LSM has already reported numerous times that access to remote learning is a long-standing issue in many families.

In September, the government allocated €3.9 million to the Ministry of Education and Science to improve technological security for schools. More than 400 schools are scheduled to receive computers by the end of this year.

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