Education Ministry moves to regulate class sizes
There will have to be at least 25 students per class in high schools in Riga and other large cities, and at least twelve per class in high schools in the regions, according to the Education and Science Ministry's draft regulation on the minimum and maximum student numbers per class in high school, reported the LETA newswire.
Baltics agree on mutual recognition of academic qualifications
Ministers of Education and Research of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania signed an agreement at a meeting in Estonia June 8 that enables automatic recognition of academic qualifications in higher education in all three countries, the Estonian government said in a release.
Government okays lowering school age to six
The Latvian government on April 3 upheld the amendments to the General Education Law and the Education Law which, among other things, provide for lowering the school age to six years from the current seven.
Latvia's education exports keep growing
Currently every tenth student in Latvia comes from abroad, according to an Education Ministry overview for the year 2017. LSM's Andris Saulītis looks at the long-term tendencies in Latvia's education exports.
Proposal to allow taking university exams in all EU languages
Students should be allowed to take professional qualification exams and present graduation papers in any official EU language in which the given study program is taught, according to draft amendments proposed by the Latvian Education and Science Ministry to the Education Law, reports LETA news agency February 28.
Government okays language reform
The Latvian Cabinet of Ministers agreed on January 23 to start gradual transition to Latvian as the sole language of instruction in schools on September 1, 2019.
News sleuths focus on Russian-language schools question
The Digital Forensic Research lab (DFR), an organization that specializes in analyzing online content and flushing out so-called "Fake News" has turned its attention to a series of demonstrations in various countries concerning Latvian educational reform.
Government approves timetable for increasing teachers' salaries
The Latvian Cabinet of Ministers on January 9 approved the timetable for increasing teachers' salaries, undertaking to gradually increase the minimum monthly wage for educators, making the increase conditional on the results of optimization of the school network.
Riga mayor blasts minority education plan in Washington
Riga City Mayor and Harmony party leader Nils Ušakovs during a working visit to Washington discussed the Latvian government’s plans for transition to education in the Latvian language for minority schools, saying that the planned reform poses serious risks to Latvia’s internal stability, Harmony reported.
Russian schools protest against reforms
Several hundred demonstrators performed a lap of Riga's Old Town December 14 protesting against proposed educational reforms that would make Latvian language compulsory for the majority of instruction in the classroom.
Picket protests against education language reform

Up to 400 people gathered outside the Education Ministry in central Riga October 23 to protest against plans to introduce the majority of education in the Latvian language at schools currently teaching in Russian.

Teachers' salaries lowest in OECD

Latvian teachers' salaries are the lowest of all the 35 member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) but about 20 percent higher compared to similarly educated workers, according to the latest international report "Education at a Glance 2017: OECD Indicators".