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Expert: generations of teachers should be replaced faster

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Jānis Vētra

Education and psychology study program experts mention the insufficient link of these two fields with the job market, says Higher Education Council Chairman Jānis Vētra, when analysing the results of the project of the European Social Fund (ESF) – «Higher education study program evaluation and proposals for raising quality».

«The number of students enrolled on training courses currently exceeds the number of available teacher vacancies at Latvian schools. In addition to that, the main goal of these courses – to prepare the graduate to work in class – disappears. This is mostly due to the fact that many of them do not have opportunities to start working, so there is no motivation to prepare to work at school,»- Vētra says.

He adds that there are many retirement age teachers working at schools. Many teachers work overtime to earn money. Statistics show that schools should have vacancies, but they are currently filled by teachers that already work there. Bu this does not mean that there is no need for new teachers, Vētra says.

The HEC has seen estimates that if all retirement age teachers would retire, and if all teachers would work for single rates, high school graduates would be able to fill in all available vacancies. As the Chairman says, it would be too risky to stop or sufficiently reduce the training of new teachers. In the event of a situation when teachers’ salary is increased and teachers retire or work per one rate, there would be a deficit of teachers as a whole. It is necessary to make sure that teachers’ generations replace on another at schools more often.

In contrast to that, when speaking of the low evaluation of the psychology study programs, Vētra belies that there is no single factor to blame for this. The first and foremost problem of psychology programs is related to the job market. It is unclear what specialists are being trained for – to be employers, as employees or as self-employed people. Demand for psychologists is saturated, and young specialists need to be very well trained if they want to be part of the job market.

Results of the ESF project state that experts have found serious flaws in 55 study programs offered by different universities.

1 001 495 LVL were used to fund the evaluation. This amount was fully provided by the ESF.

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  1. Solveig says:

    The levelof education in Latvia is among the lowest in Europe below Serbia. So due to poor salaries paid and the great suspicion of fraud at examination it wont improve soon.

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