Education
Vaccination requirement might disrupt work in Rīga kindergartens
Approximately 300 employees have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 in Riga kindergartens, and this could cause interruptions in the work of 17 kindergartens, said Iveta Ratinīka, chair of the Education, Culture and Sport Committee of the Riga City Council, in an interview to Latvian Radio October 12.
Internet usage level about average
The number of Latvians making daily use of the internet is in line with the EU average, according to data published by Eurostat October 11.
Remote learning happening at 268 sites in Latvia
Due to Covid-19 incidence, 286 education institutions in 41 municipalities will continue remote education process, which is by 98 education institutions and two municipalities more than last week, the LETA newswire reports, citing State Education Quality Service (IKVD) representative Jana Veinberga.
Latvia still one of EU's lowest spenders on R&D
Latvia is among the least supportive countries in the European Union when it comes to investing in Research and Development (R&D), according to new figures published by Eurostat September 15.
125 groups of Rīga pupils quarantining due to Covid-19
Though the proportion of Covid-19 cases at schools compared to general population is small, the virus is spreading. There are at least 125 groups or forms of pupils quarantining in Rīga, Lavian Radio reported September 14.
Merger of universities planned in coming years
Within a year, changes will be proposed to reorganize three Latvian universities. The government on September 14 supported the Ministry of Education and Science's intention that a draft Cabinet order will be prepared and submitted for consideration by 1 September 2022.
Chewing tests planned for school screening
The saliva tests currently used in the testing of pupils Covid-19 are planned to be gradually replaced by chewing tests, Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts said at a press briefing September 13.
Slight increase in number of pupils in Latvia
This year, the number of students who will acquire primary or general secondary education has increased to 217,500 or 0.7% more than last year, newswire LETA reported data of the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) September 10.
School testing will take place once every fortnight
Health Minister Daniels Pavļuts and Education and Science Minister Anita Muižniece (New Conservative Party) agreed on Thursday, September 9, to switch to school testing once every 14 days instead of the past seven days.
Monthly student stipends upped to EUR 200
In order to financially support students in higher education, from September 1 to December 31, the minimum monthly stipend for excelling students will be increased from EUR 99.6 to EUR 200, the Cabinet decided on Tuesday, September 7.
Latvia goes back to school
On September 1, another school year begins in Latvia. After a year of mostly remote learning, there is much hope that the return to classrooms will last.
Teachers might not need Covid certificates after all
Employees of general education institutions and pre-primary education institutions could also work on-site with a negative Covid-19 test, the cost of which would be covered by the state, the government decided Tuesday, August 17.
Covid safety guidelines developed for next school year
Ministry for Education and Science (IZM) presented guidelines at the government meeting August 17 outlining safety rules to be observed in order to conduct the coming school year on-site. The plan is still to be viewed in the Saeima.
Government to decide on school safety rules Tuesday
On Tuesday, August 17, the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) will offer an algorithm which will outline the way in which all schools in Latvia will be able to resume on-site learning as of September 1.
Grants offered for development cooperation and global education projects
The Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) is launching a grant project competition, “Support for Development Cooperation and Development (Global) Education Projects Funded by the European Commission and Other International Aid Donors in the Recipient Countries Defined by the Republic of Latvia, and in the Republic of Latvia”, it said August 13.

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