Plan for kids to start school sooner moves closer

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Latvian children could soon be starting school aged six rather than the current school-starting age of seven.

The Education and Science Ministry has submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers amendments to the Education Law which foresees children to begin obligatory basic education from the age of six, while at the same time allowing for legal conditions for children to begin schooling a year later, the LETA newswire reported September 25.

The amendments could come into force on July 1, 2018.

The Education Ministry said that the education program for six-year olds will be in accordance with the education criteria already in place for the age group, and that they will not have to acquire the curriculum meant for seven-year olds.

As previously reported by LSM, the Education Ministry envisages that six-year olds will be able to begin basic education at the same school where they went to pre-school, or a school which teaches the pre-school curriculum but also the curriculum for six-year olds.


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