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Covid-restriction opponents plan to establish new school
A group of sceptics and opponents of Covid-19 restrictions has decided to set up their own school where students wouldn't have to worry about restrictions or mandatory vaccination against Covid-19, as the school would employ distance learning, Latvian Radio reported July 23.
Minister: 1,000 teachers might leave due to Covid vaccination rules
In the next school year, when it is planned to require mandatory Covid-19 safety certificates for educators, about 1,000 teachers could leave the education system, Minister of Education Anita Muižniece (New Conservative Party) said in an interview with TV3 July 22, the LETA newswire reported.
School principals to ask Saeima to reconsider mandatory vaccination
Schools in Latvia are still unsure whether work will take place onsite or online when they return to work in September. Meanwhile, the Latvian Association of Education Leaders (LIVAO) will try to convince Saeima to postpone the requirement for mandatory vaccination against Covid-19 for teachers, the association's chair Rūdolfs Kalvāns told Latvian Radio July 23.
Computer science top pick for future university students
The electronic application for undergraduate studies at Latvian universities has finished. This year, more than 16,000 applications have been received by 13 higher education establishments. Latvian Radio surveyed the demand for studies in general and for specific study programs. 
Drones to help with potato farming in future
Unmanned aircraft, or drones, are already used in many areas, but it appears that they may also be assistants in potato cultivation, as researchers from Vidzeme university claim. Initial studies are being carried out, Latvian Radio reported July 12.
Learn Livonian language online!
A series of short films is being published online providing an introduction to the Livonian language, indigenous to a few remaining parts of Latvia and considered one of the most endangered languages in the world.
Teachers' wages set to rise in September
Starting from September, the minimum monthly wage for teachers in general education schools will be raised to EUR 830, and for preschool teachers - to EUR 872, the LETA newswire reported July 6.
Inclusive education in Latvia: theory and practice
More and more children with special needs in Latvia go to general education schools. 67% of municipal schools are implementing inclusive education, but there are still many schools who refuse to enroll these children for various reasons, Latvian Radio reported June 14.
Latvian universities fall in world rankings
Three Latvian universities - Rīga Technical University, Rīga Stradiņš University and the University of Latvia - have made it into the QS World University Rankings 2022 list published June 9 but their results compared to previous years are not splendid.
Saeima okays higher education reform
On Tuesday, June 8, the Latvian Saeima approved the amendments to the Law on Higher Education Institutions in the third reading in order to implement a management reform.
Final day of a tough school year in Latvia
May 31 is the final school day for years 1 to 11. Some pupils will receive their grade reports remotely this year, some onsite. The unusual school year brought challenges and benefits, Latvian Radio reported.
Latvia plans to buy a computer for every pupil by 2025
A number of public officials signed a “Computer for Every Child” cooperation memorandum, which aims to provide an adequate computer for learning process to every pupil and teacher by 2025, the President's Chancellery said May 14.
No leaks found in 12th-grade exam pipes so far
The State Police, along with the State Education Content Center (VISC), on Tuesday, May 11, inspected four schools on the first day of the centralized examination without identifying signs of leakage of the exam content, police said May 12.
UN Science, Technology and Innovation Forum wraps up with Latvian help
On 4–5 May 2021, the United Nations Science, Technology and Innovation Forum convened in a virtual session co-chaired by the Permanent Representative of Latvia to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Andrejs Pildegovičs, and the Chargé d’Affaires of the Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the United Nations, Ambassador Mohammad Koba, the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a release. 

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