Teacher training academy to be axed this year

The Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy (RPIVA) will be liquidated as of September 7, according to the draft decision submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers, the LETA newswire reported.

The government plans to discuss the matter on March 7.

As the Education and Science Ministry explained, after the merger of RPIVA with the University of Latvia, all RPIVA students will continue their studies with unchanged terms of financing throughout their remaining study years.

On March 6, the ministry is due to hold a news conference in which Education and Science Minister Karlis Sadurskis (Unity) and other officials will inform the press about the draft decision that has been submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers.

As a result of reorganization, the University of Latvia will take over the programs in teacher training and business management, while Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music will take over programs for dance and music teachers.

Both institutions will also take over labor contracts with the current staff of RPIVA. The University of Latvia will also take over regional branches of RPIVA in Aluksne, Bauska, Cesis, Jekabpils, Kuldiga, Madona, Tukums and Ventspils.

The Education and Science Ministry said that since January 4 when the ministry announced its plans to start the merger, discussions had not been easy.

The ministry has held public consultations with all involved parties, local governments and the Latvian Association of Students. The ministry has received the opinions of the Higher Education Council and other organizations and many of these proposals have been included in the draft decision.

The Riga Teacher Training and Educational Management Academy was established in 1994. It has 3,514 students at the moment.

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