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.
Significant jump in university application numbers
More than 10,000 applications have been made to higher education institutions in Latvia for the forthcoming academic year, a significant increase on the number last year, reported the LETA newswire. 
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.