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More reports come regarding harassment at music academy
More reports come regarding harassment at music academy
In the last days of March, the Ombudsman, the State Police and the Council of the Jāzeps Vītols Music Academy (JVLMA) received another application regarding the currently suspended lecturer Māris Kupčs. The application has been signed by 28 current and former students and faculty members of the Academy and is accompanied by 11 specific signed testimonies, Latvian Television's De Facto" reported.
Latvian government backs move away from Russian in schools
Latvian government backs move away from Russian in schools
Schools will start phasing out Russian as a second foreign language in primary education from the 2026/.2027 school year, according to the changes accepted by the Cabinet of Ministers on Tuesday, April 23. Schools are obliged to gradually replace Russian with one of the official languages of the European Union (EU).
Men also report sexual harassment in academia
Men also report sexual harassment in academia
Not only young women report having experienced sexual harassment in the academic environment. A letter received by Latvian Television reveals that a young man had also encountered such issues.
Around 4,000 Ukrainians studying in Latvia
Around 4,000 Ukrainians studying in Latvia
The latest Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) estimate published April 16 shows that around 4,000 Ukrainian citizens with temporary protection status in Latvia were registered with Latvian education institutions on 1 January 2024.
Latvian universities mull AI in higher education
Latvian universities mull AI in higher education
Artificial intelligence tools have increasingly entered the study process this academic year. Each university is gradually developing guidelines on how and whether these tools can be used in teaching, Latvian Radio reported April 16.
Teachers to hold protest in May
Teachers to hold protest in May
A teachers' protest organized by the Latvian Education and Science Employees Union (LIZDA) is planned for May 21 outside the government building, LIZDA Chairman Inga Vanaga said in a statement on April 8.
University ethics codes probed by LTV
University ethics codes probed by LTV
After the ethics scandal at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, questions arose about higher education ethics in general. The codes of ethics of the largest state-owned universities most often contain general requirements to observe "good behavior" or "generally accepted norms of behavior", according to Latvian Television's De Facto.
Joint harassment reporting system in academia considered
Joint harassment reporting system in academia considered
Minister of Education and Science Anda Čakša (New Unity) has proposed a review of the codes of ethics of universities and to create a more unified reporting system. Culture Minister Agnese Logina (Progressives) also believes that the reporting system should be strengthened, Latvian Radio reported on March 19. 
Music academy council chair steps down
Music academy council chair steps down
Helēna Demakova, Chairperson of the Council of the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, has resigned, she said in a statement on Saturday, March 16.
Saeima mulls banning personal smart devices at schools
Saeima mulls banning personal smart devices at schools
Is there room for smart devices in schools? On Wednesday, March 13, the responsible committee of the Saeima started to view the portal “ManaBalss.lv” initiative to ban personal smart devices in primary and secondary schools.
Music academy survey: 8% of students report sexual behavior from staff
Music academy survey: 8% of students report sexual behavior from staff
An anonymous student survey conducted at Jāzeps Vītols' Latvian Academy of Music (JVLMA) Council mentions that 8.2% of respondents have experienced sexual behavior from academic staff, and 33.6 percent have heard someone tell or report coming into contact with such behavior at the academy.
State Audit criticizes future adult education strategies
State Audit criticizes future adult education strategies
The State Audit Office (VK) has expressed objections to two draft laws related to the future organization of adult education - the Human Capital Development Strategy for 2024-2027 and the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations on the Adult Education Project implemented by the State Education Development Agency (VIAA), the VK said March 13.

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