Widespread cultural education is a major good, and it should not be changed, said the candidate for the post of Minister for Culture Nauris Puntulis in an interview with Latvian Television on June 11.
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.
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.
This year, 13 schools and other educational institutions will be closed, while another 40 educational institutions will be affected by reorganization of one form or another, such as merger with another school, according to information released by the Ministry of Education and Science.
The Green Crows are back, and everyone is invited to watch.
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.
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.
March 27 saw teachers and pupils alike acknowledged at a special ceremony at the Cabinet building in central Rīga, with the awarding of special diplomas for outstanding performances in the "Euroskills 2018" international academic Olympiads.
Financing for increasing teachers' salaries will be found by mid-May so that teachers' wages could be raised as of September 1 through amending this year's state budget.
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.
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.
Reforms of the education system promoted by the previous government have failed to materialize, Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš said March 6, citing Estonia as an example from which Latvia might learn.
The Latvian Language Agency (LVA) has a new online resource to help people everywhere take their first steps in the Latvian language.
Educators across Latvia are to strike at the Saeima in March if the government does not include a wage rise for teachers in the new budget, with teachers saying they will strike during the exit exams if this strike action does not work, reported LTV.
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.
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.
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.
We have already reported on Latvia's insect of the year and bird of the year. The latest natural wonder to be placed in the spotlight during 2019 is 'mazais zvagulis' known in English as the little yellow rattle or hay rattle, and which has the Latin classification Rhinanthus minor.
It may not be an honor to rival a Nobel prize or Academy Award, but where insects are concerned, they have to get the plaudits where they can.
Anyone baffled by the mysteries of the Latvian language has a new resource at hand with the unveiling of a government-backed translation tool December 12.
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.
The Latvian Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) this year has inspected 55 educational institutions, and in 86 percent of cases discovered violations in green procurements of food products, the LETA newswire reported.
The Saeima in the final reading on October 25 approved legislation easing state language command requirements for the rector of the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (SSE Riga).
Saeima on September 20 in the final reading adopted amendments to the Education Law to introduce competence-based learning contents in education starting 2020.
Teachers' minimum statutory salary will be increased EUR 30 to EUR 710 in September, the Cabinet of Ministers agreed on September 11.
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.
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.
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.
An agreement has been reached to raise the minimum monthly wage for teachers by €30 to €710. said Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis (Greens/Farmers) after the meeting with the Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Workers (LIZDA) on August 28.
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.