Education and Science
The new rules on the exemption of pupils from 9th and 12th-grade state examinations include children who need it due to health, athletes in training camps, asylum seekers, refugees, or alternative status recipients. There is confusion in schools about the possibility for Ukrainian pupils to be exempted from state exams, Latvian Radio reported on January 30.
Technology is being developed in Latvia that will allow the production of building windows that will help to keep rooms warm in the winter and cool in the summer, Latvian Television reported January 30.
The hottest debate in talks between the Latvian Education and Science Workers' Trade Union (LIZDA) and the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) is currently about the salaries of higher education teachers, LIZDA's head Inga Vanaga told Latvian Radio on January 30.
The State Police have carried out procedural activities at Daugavpils University, suspecting a possible fraud with the European Union (EU) Social Fund amounting to €600,000, Latvian Radio reported on January 24. The Ministry of Education and Science demands the Daugavpils University Board to provide explanations without delay.
The Latvian company Aerones has developed a world-leading system for the automated maintenance and cleaning of wind turbine blades, attracting the biggest investment among Latvian startups in 2022, Aerones representatives told LSM at a demonstration event on January 24.
In the first reading, the Saeima supported amendments to the Law on Higher Education, which provides for the introduction of a new doctoral studies model, including changing the financing model and providing for a new promotion process, the Parliament's Press Service said on January 19.
Visitors to Āgenskalns market can now get to know more about twelve Latvian scientists. The market is housing a Science for Latvia 2023 exhibition telling about Latvian scientists of different industries and scientific institutions, Latvian Television reported on January 17.
Riga Technical University (RTU) students and RTU Engineering High School students are preparing to develop a third high-power rocket and participate in European competitions. Their second rocket exceeded a height of 1.9 km and flew at a speed of around 1,000 km/h: a Baltic record.
The principal of Ogre central elementary school has denied that pupils are being subjected to religious indoctrination following a discussion about religion in which only representatives of Christian religious groups held the floor, reported Latvian Television January 10.
Young people from Latvia have an opportunity to broaden their horizons with some summer work in the United States, the U.S. embassy in Rīga has announced.
As the heating season approached with huge heating bills, Latvian universities decided that students would go at least partially remote to save on energy expenses. At the moment, the situation is not as bad as it seemed, Latvian Radio reported on December 30.
The University of Latvia (LU) will expand its Academic Center in Torņakalns in the next four years. The House of Nature and House of Sciences will be accompanied by the Houses of Letters, Technology, Health, Sports, and Students. Will the Academic Center be able to make a strong push for the development of Torņakalns? Latvian Radio explored the matter on December 21.
While there's always a certain amount of nagging doubt that Santa Claus will bring you exactly what you want at Christmastide, there are no such doubts about the reliability of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) which delivers its bumper sack of statistics every year without fail.
As of 2023, the lowest monthly salary rate for kindergarten, primary and secondary education, as well as vocational education teachers, will rise, according to amendments to the law approved by the government on December 13.
The Latvian Academy of Sport Education (LSPA) will be reorganized by integrating it into Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU), according to an order approved by the government Tuesday, December 13.
Latvia continues to have a very small Research and Development (R&D) sector, according to Eurostat data published December 6, though there are some signs of very modest growth.
The Grobiņa high school named after Latvian writer and philosopher Zenta Mauriņa (1897-1978) has encountered a laugh-or-cry occurrence: the deceased keeps receiving letters and consignments from parents, children, and state institutions, local newspaper Kurzemes Vārds journalist Liene Kupiča told Latvian Radio on November 28.
The one-tonne highway drug bust near Jēkabpils last year has helped law enforcement carry out an international bust of 44 suspects in ten countries, said Latvian State Police (VP) on November 25.
As a method of austerity, Daugavpils University has not connected most buildings to central heating this winter. Where possible, learning takes place remotely, Latvian Radio reported on November 23.
This year in Latvia, 139 teachers have been administratively fined for insufficient State language skills. Checks have been carried out since the transition to teaching only in Latvian at schools was launched, Latvian Radio reported November 23.
It is planned that, from the year 2026/2027, all educational institutions will be required to provide one of the languages of the European Union (EU) or a foreign language governed by intergovernmental agreements in the field of education, the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM) said on November 21.
Student enterprises, 'shadowing' professionals, conferences and hackathons are popular means in Latvia to involve young people into creating their own business. The Junior Achievement Latvia organization has now involved Ukrainian young people and children in all these activities, Latvian Television reported on November 15.
On Thursday, November 10, in schools across Latvia, it was planned to take the centralized exam online for the first time as a system trial. However, not all schools and pupils managed to join the State Test Information System, Latvian Radio reported.
Liepāja University (LiepU) is planning to join either the University of Latvia (LU) or Rīga Technical University (RTU), LSM reported November 8.
Recent inspections by the State Language Center (VVC) have shown that 10% to 30% of teachers in Latvia do not know the official language at a sufficient level, Latvian Television reported on November 8.
In his teenage years, Jānis Rudzītis lost his leg after falling with a motorcycle, which was followed by countless surgeries and an oncological illness. Several years were spent in hospitals and recovering in bed at home, but despite these setbacks Jānis found the strength not to give up and today he is a teacher loved by children at the 8th secondary school in Liepāja, reports LTV's Province show in a particularly inspiring episode.
The Ministry of Interior, the State Police College, Riga Stradiņš University (RSU) and the University of Latvia (LU) signed an agreement on the creation of a long-term consortium “Internal Security Academy” on Tuesday, October 25, the Ministry said.
The Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) has created a new study complex with an array of operations equipped with simulation technologies in its Medical Educational Technology Center, Latvian Radio reported October 25.
Figures published by Eurostat October 5 show to what extent teaching is a predominantly female profession in Latvia.
On October 2, Teachers' Day is celebrated in Latvia. Inga Vanaga, head of the Latvian Education and Science Workers union (LIZDA), invites the public to remember all their teachers, from primary school to higher education, Latvian Radio reported Sunday.