Education
OECD praises Latvian educational project "Tava klase"
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.
Latvian schools lack high-speed Internet
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.
Latvia becomes member of European Space Agency
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.
On-site classes in September priority for younger pupils
In September this year, if the epidemiological situation allows for a partial resumption of on-site classes in schools, priority will be given  to younger pupils, said Education Minister Ilga Šuplinska (New Conservative Party) in an interview to Latvian Radio on June 1.
Remotely awarded doctorates will increase prestige 
The government decided to provide doctoral (Ph.D.) candidates with the opportunity to defend their dissertation remotely in order to ensure an operative and quality higher education process, according to the Education and Science Ministry on April 28.
TV channels to switch to educational content
As of April 6, television channels ReTV and Sportacentrs.com will broadcast content for schoolchildren and become educational channels under the Tava Klase (Your Class) banner, Education Minister Ilga Šuplinska (New Conservative Party) told reporters March 31.
Schools unlikely to reopen this semester
Schools are unlikely to reopen for the rest of the spring semester, but the length of the school year isn't likely to be extended either, according to Education and Science Minister Ilga Šuplinska (New Conservative Party) on March 31.
RTU exhibit: “100% Organic Architects”
24 newly graduated Riga Technical University (RTU) architects displayed their diploma projects offering modern architectural solutions for the regeneration of various Rīga territories in an exhibit titled “100% Organic Architects” at the RTU Faculty of Architecture on January 24, according to a Latvian Radio broadcast on January 28. 
Mērsrags mushroom discovery a first for Latvia
In Latvia, as in the rest of the world, there are many more mushrooms than plants, however as there aren't many mycologists, new mushroom species are often uncovered by regular residents, as happened with Latvia's State Forests Northern Kurzeme planner in the Mērsrags area, according to LTV's daily news broadcast “Dienas ziņas” on January 12.
Latvia names a star and planet in historic first
For the first time in Latvian history the country had the opportunity to name a star and a planet, and the name Liesma (Flame) was chosen for the star, while the planet was named Staburags after a famous cliff on the Daugava river bank, astronomer Ilmārs Eglītis told Latvian Television's “4. Studija” broadcast on December 28.
Latvia's PISA OECD education rankings give cause for concern
Latvia fares reasonably well in the latest Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) education rankings produced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and released December 3, though there is definite room for improvement, and bullying appears to be a serious area of concern.