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".

Pupil numbers enjoy temporary bounce

While parents and children prepare for the specifics of the start of a new school year on September 1, a wider picture shows a worrying decline in pupil numbers as part of Latvia's long-term demographic challenge.

Students get international scholarships

On 14 August, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs presented award certificates for the United World College (UWC) scholarships to Latvian secondary school students on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the UWC movement in Latvia. Three students will soon be representing Latvia at UWC’s schools and colleges in Armenia, Italy and Norway.

Exit exams will be in Latvian only, says government

On August 8 Latvia's government supported Education Ministry rules saying students at grade 9 and 12 will have to pass exit exams in Latvian as opposed to minority languages like Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, etc.

Latvia has too many high schools, study suggests

The current number of students in Latvia is sufficient for only 130 high schools, a study presented July 20 by researcher Jānis Turlajs suggests. There are currently 313 high schools in Latvia.