Latvian school pupils oppose "cramming" culture
Knowledge is not the only thing that pupils and their parents expect from schools – the importance lies in linking learning and knowledge to real life. This can be inferred from the results of a survey conducted last year, said Zane Oliņa, the director of “Skola2030” (a program that aims to update the school curriculum) in an interview on Latvian Radio on June 5.
Estonia offers way forward on teachers' pay
The three Baltic states share challenges in education such schools with a small number of students and the need to increase teachers’ salaries, but the capacity to address those challenges is notably different, it was admitted at the 25th Meeting of the Education Ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Education Ministry floats school "bloc" reform plan
The Latvian Education and Science Ministry has come up with a proposal on four regional "blocs" for schools with different requirements for the minimum number of pupils, reported the LETA newswire April 18.
Get the hole picture with new Latvian "Molecam"
Latvia has a surprising number of webcams watching everything from weather to eagle's nests, swampscapes, bird feeding stations and street robberies, and now a new location has joined that number.
Teachers may strike for pay rise after failed talks with government
The government on March 19 failed to reassure the Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees (LIZDA) that money would be provided for raising teachers’ wages as promised this year, so the teachers will go ahead with their picket on March 20 at the Saeima.
Language agency fined 143 teachers in 2018
About 10% of minority-school teachers that the country's language watchdog, the State Language Center (VVC), examined last year were found to have insufficient Latvian language, reported Latvian Radio March 8.
Teachers consider protest against broken pay rise promise
The Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees (LIZDA) is considering a protest in response to the government’s failure to raise teachers’ wages as scheduled, the union’s leader Inga Vanaga told LETA February 18.
Shadows all across Latvia today
February 13 is the annual "Shadows day" (Ēnu diena) in Latvia. It's not a pagan festival to entreat the Gods to send some sunshine but a day on which students get to "shadow" professionals in their jobs to get some idea of what they do in a typical working day.
Latvian Universities rank in "emerging" world's top 300
The University of Latvia (LU) is among the top 300 higher educational institutions in the so-called "emerging" world, according to rankings produced by Times Higher Education, and Rīga Technical University is in the top 200.
Government approves new basic education standard
The Latvian government on November 27 approved a new standard of basic education, developed by the Education and Science Ministry and intended to teach children competencies essential for life in the 21st century.
Teachers say protest back on as government demurs on pay
Following a meeting September 4, which saw the government postpone making a decision on raising teahers' pay, the Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees has decided to call industrial action which it had put on hold in expectation of a decision from government.
Back to school for thousands of students
Students made their ways back the classroom after the long summer holidays September 3, taking flowers with them and celebrating the acquisition of new knowledge.
Schools showing poor results may lose funding
High schools that for several years in a row will fail to meet certain education quality standards might not receive budget funding for teachers’ wages under a draft regulation proposed by the Latvian Education and Science Ministry.
Not only teachers are waiting for bigger wages, says PM
Latvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis (Greens and Farmers Union) in talks with the Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Workers (LIZDA) will underscore that the timetable on raising teachers’ wages will be implemented, while LIZDA will be called to understand that not only teachers are waiting in line with demands for bigger wages.