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Vejonis calls for more rapid changes to education sector

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«Latvia’s education should be to train knowledgeable, internationally competitive students. Clever and capable youngsters lay the foundation for the country’s economic growth. A motivated and well-paid teacher is the key to achieve this,» – said Latvia’s President Raimonds Vejonis during his meeting with Education Minister Karlis Sadursksis on 8 April.

The president emphasized that education is a priority service for society. Resolution of this painful matter in Latvia has not been sufficient so far. ‘I expect a more active and result-oriented work from the new education minister. It is necessary to resolve the industry’s priorities, including quality of education, improvement of the learning environment and teachers’ pay,’ – said Vejonis, reminding about the Saeima’s order given to the government to develop a solution for the creation of a high-quality general education network.

Vejonis turned the minister’s attention to the fact that tasks required in the industry, including changes and improvements to the financing system, are not to be put off. ‘The situation when Latvia with 5.9% of GDP being diverted to general government expenditures is one of the leaders in Europe in terms of the volume of money per capita, and remains incapable of reaching an agreement in regards to teachers’ pay for years is unacceptable,’ – emphasized the president.

In order to make the use of the education budget more effective, Vejonis asked to tie it to the State President’s request to the government to assess the base budget’s expenses to ensure focused and understandable state budget expenditures, as informed by the State President’s Chancellery.

In the conversation, the president expressed support to the Education and Science Ministry’s work to develop competence-based general education content and its introduction in the country. Nowadays, when technologies and the environment are experiencing rapid global development, it is necessary to significantly improve knowledge, skills and competence. The president and the minister agreed that Latvia requires a quick and successful introduction of new education contents.

At the end of the conversation, the president and the minister agreed on organizing another meeting soon in order to discuss the progress and results in the process of introducing improvements to the country’s education system.

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