Many schools lack mathematics teachers. At Rīga Secondary School No.40, not a single math lesson has taken place for the sixth-graders this year, Latvian Television reported September 17.
Latvian Education and Science Workers Union (LIZDA) head Inga Vanaga told Latvian Television September 15 that the Union thinks schools should decide on their own whether to ask pupils' families to sign claims whether they have been abroad.
Data compiled by the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) show that the total number of foreign students in Latvia's higher education institutions this year has fallen. Many are yet to arrive; those who are here, self-isolate in dormitories or rented apartments, Latvian Radio reported September 9.
On September 1, another school year has begun in Latvia - with flowers and best clothes as usual but uncertainty lingering in the air. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools, parents, teachers and children are unsure how learning process will go and for how long.
Several hundred teachers are lacking in Latvian schools, said the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) August 27 to Latvian Radio.
The first consortium of universities in Latvia is working on a new concept. Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Liepāja University and Daugavpils University will join in. The main objective is to use resources more effectively, Latvian Radio reported August 26.
The majority of Riga schools will resume on-site learning, but at least one day per week the oldest classes will be provided with remote learning, according to data from the Riga City Council's survey of educational institutions, Latvian Radio said August 24.
Education platform Edurio has conducted a survey on the availability of technology for learning process for pupils in Latvia; the study found only a third of pupils had sufficient technological equipment, head of Edurio Gatis Narvaišs said August 20.
This year, safety measures to limit COVID-19 will present additional difficulties for pupils and educators. The Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) has developed recommendations on how to organize teaching, but the best model will be chosen by each school itself, Latvian Radio said August 19.
On Tuesday, the government supported a reallocation of funding for the development of digital learning resources, the Cabinet said August 18.
The government on Tuesday, August 18, at a Cabinet meeting, supported a EUR 383 777 grant to increase the pay of higher-education institution teachers for the final four months of this year, Minister for Education said August 18.
Universities in Latvia are preparing for the new study year. Because of the pandemic, there is a great number of uncertainties - especially those related to foreign students, said Latvian Radio August 16.
Today, the meeting of the Coalition Parties will discuss raising the pay of higher education teachers, Latvian Radio reported August 17.
Some students have expressed their disappointment with state support in financial issues, 10% considering leaving studies at the moment, Latvian Radio reported August 13.
How is it planned to organize studies at higher education institutions? Riga Stradiņš University (RSU) and Daugavpils University spoke to Latvian Television August 8 about the new study order.
In the larger schools of Latvia, it is unlikely that full on-site learning will start in September, say principals. Options differ but all agree that some remote learning would be involved, Latvian Radio reported August 5.
This year, the number of applicants for studies in Latvian higher education institutions has been the largest in 8 years, news agency LETA said August 3.
Inga Vanaga, head of the Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees (LIZDA), said July 30 on Latvian Television that if the new school year involves remote learning, it could impose extra duties and costs for teachers.
The Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) has developed three possible scenarios how school work might be organized from September, Latvian Radio reported on July 28.
Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees (LIZDA) said there would be a picket unless higher education teachers get a pay rise, LETA reported July 27.
In Latvia, the world's first online chess training platform CoChess has been established in collaboration with the world chess champion, Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, Latvian Television reported July 27.
The Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) is preparing changes to the Education Law, which would provide for a requirement for pupils to have Internet access, research journalism center Re:baltica reported on July 9.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has included the educational TV “Tava klase” created by the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) among the best educational projects in the world during the pandemic, IZM said on July 9.
To ensure internationally competitive education at the University of Latvia (LU), a change is being implemented in the study program offer, LU representatives said on July 7.
A quarter of Latvian rural schools still do not have a high-quality high-speed Internet that would help with learning online, Latvian Television reported on July 4.
On Thursday, July 2, the Saeima supported the draft Law on International Schools in the final reading, Saeima representatives said in a media statement on July 2.
This week, June 24 2020, the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) approved Latvia as an associated Member State of ESA, informed the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) Communications Division on June 26.
The Ed-TechEvolution acceleration program begins on Monday June 15, starting a five-day all-online intensive education technology event involving the ten best projects out of more than 40 international applicants.