Amendments to law supported by the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) provide that to participate in the learning process in person, pupils must be able to show a certificate attesting to vaccination against Covid-19 or having had and overcome the disease, or a negative test result.
The amendments state that in the week of August 23 to 30, pupils obtaining primary and secondary education (years 1 to 12) arrive at the education establishment and carry out a Covid-19 test, which will then be repeated in accordance with the rules to be specified. State will pay for the tests. IZM will still clarify the exact rules.
Pupils who have a Covid-19 certificate will not have to carry out the tests.
The testing in educational establishments, excluding pre-schools, kindergartens and tertiary education establishments, will take place in collaboration with a laboratory to whom the schools will be allowed to transfer personal data.
Education Minister Anita Muižniece (New Conservative Party) said that parents who decide their children will not be tested 'can opt for homeschooling'. The Minister compared the requirement to an entrance ticket to schools.