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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe Cabinet of Ministers Committee has submitted two projects for rules developed by Education and Science Ministry for the government to review. Those rules propose making sure 9th and 12th grade students cover exams only in Latvian language.

The project for rules that applies to education programmes of national minorities provides for setting Latvian language as the only language for all exams except for language exams. Because of that, the right to choose a language to cover exams will no longer apply.

It is also planned that exam supervisors will speak only in Latvian during exams. This will not apply to language exams. This change is explained with how Education Quality State Service representatives found that in certain education facilities that realize education of minorities exams are carried out in the language of those minorities.

Authors of the project mention that its goal is to prepare graduates for successful integration in the labour market and improve their state language skills before starting their education in vocational education institutions, considering that higher education is taught mostly in the state language.

In relation to compliance with exam requirements in secondary education programmes, the project for rules will affect 108 education institutions.

In relation to exam materials and compliance for 9th grade, the project will affect 168 primary and secondary education institutions.

In relation to state inspection of e-materials and the registration order for assessments of results accomplished by students, the project for rules will affect 863 education institutions, including primary schools, general education institutions and vocational education institutions, as well as 109 municipal education administration and education specialists, BNN was informed by the ministry.

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