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76 Latvian schools have less than 50 students

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMore than 250 so-called small schools, which have no more than 100 students, have begun their work in Latvia this year. 76 such schools do not have more than 50 students.

The majority of them are elementary and primary schools located in rural areas. These schools have an important role: elementary schools have to provide education close to home and education throughout 7th to 9th grade is to be adapted accordingly to the specifics of the institutional network.

Representatives of municipalities and small schools themselves do not view this as a particularly economic way of handling things.

A total of only 12 children were registered in the smallest school in Latvia. Three schoolchildren study in 1st grade of Konstantinova Elementary school, one child in the 2nd grade and none in the 5th grade. For this reason, lessons are often combined for several classes in this school. Head of Dagda Parish municipality’s Education and Sports Department Marija Mickeviča, who also supervises the smallest school in Latvia, notes that there is a possibility that this school may become a branch of some other education facility in Dagda.

Founders of small schools and representatives of municipalities interviewed by LETA say that finances provided by the EU for the modernization of classes, repairs and concerns about potential empty buildings serve are reasons not to close these schools. The matter of transporting students to other schools in the event of closure is also a problematic factor.

Education and Science Ministry currently does not have any ability to directly influence the school network, because this matter is in the competency of municipalities, as noted by the ministry’s Director of Education Office Evija Papule. The only way ESM can influence municipalities is annual funding and its amount to each separate municipality. Municipal governments then decide on the division of funds for schools.

Papule explained that state grants for education institutions consist of three parts: money for teachers’ salaries, education materials and free lunches. The rest is covered by the municipal government. One possible solution to this problem could be the setting of a minimum number of students in one class. Although this matter has been debated for a long time, only recently did ESM’s work group offered to discuss the first figures for the new teacher’s work remuneration model.

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  1. Linda says:

    these pupils should make the most of the individual tutelage they receive. Should be high achievers. Bigger classes mean poorer learning.

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