President Bērziņš approves 'constitutional morality' law

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President Andris Bērziņš has promulgated the hotly debated amendments to educational law. It means that schools will henceforth be obliged to give children 'moral education' in line with the values of the Constitution, most notably with regard to the primacy of conventional ideas of what constitutes marriage and family life.

The Presidential press service noted that the law introduces a number of novelties to Latvia's education system. For example, it defines the skill framework for educational staff in Latvia, stipulates that names of educational establishments should be in Latvian, and stresses the importance of morality in education.

The President had received both pleas not to promulgate the law and to reject it and send it back to Saeima for review. By passing the law Bērziņš has assented to the majority of the MPs that favored the law.

Even though the introduction of 'morality lessons' was proposed as an amendment, the requirement for it can already be found in the state educational standards and related legislature. 

The law was approved by Saeima on June 18. The amendments were proposed by Jūlija Stepaņenko of the opposition Harmony party.

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