Pandemic has created unequal education conditions in Latvia

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Due to the emergency announced in the country, unequal education conditions have emerged between rural and urban pupils, said Ināra Dundure, advisor to the Latvian Association of Local Governments (LPS), on Latvian Radio January 25.

The LPS spokeswoman explained that the restrictions highlighted a number of problems in the organization of the education system. In her opinion, there are unequal educational opportunities in rural schools compared to large cities.

A survey conducted by LPS at the end of last year shows that more than 23% of pupils in rural areas lack the necessary technical equipment to successfully participate in remote learning and that access to education is declining.

Dundure said that in grades 1-6, the situation with the provision of hardware is worse than in grades 7-12. Schools in large cities are better equipped, said the LPS spokeswoman.

LPS considers that there is insufficient support from the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) for classes 1-4, and calls on the Ministry to provide more television coverage, since the younger pupils are learning through an educational channel Tava klase. This would create more equal opportunities for all pupils.

Younger students are returning to the learning process today after twice extended school holidays. Due to the epidemiological situation in the country, they will learn remotely.

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