Prosecutor General criticizes Latvian education system

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Prosecutors' candidates demonstrate a low level of knowledge in their tests, which suggests that Latvia's education system, at least in the area, is degrading, said Juris Stukāns, Prosecutor General, in the Saeima Defense, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee on February 21, LETA reported.

The prosecutor's office has not been able to fill vacancies for a long time. On average, there are free slots of 35 prosecutors every year. In Stukāns' view, the difficulties in filling vacancies are linked to critical demographic indicators and the level knowledge among young people.

"With invitations to tender every third month, we cannot select the required number of employees. For example, there are 70 candidates with higher legal education and a master's degree. I'm sorry, but they should not even have a bachelor's degree, because in the test they cannot answer a question of the elements and basic signs of a criminal offense. What can I say? The education system is degrading to very low levels," Stukāns said.

He also criticized the results of the recent national joint lawyer qualification exam, which was passed by only 26% of students.

“For a third year, the results of this examination, which should also be passed by the public prosecutor candidates, have been disastrous,” the Prosecutor General said.

The Prosecutor's Office has regularly conducted tests of general and legal knowledge for future prosecutors and the test has repeatedly shown poor knowledge among lawyers. 

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