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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RURepresentatives of several Latvian ministries promise to look for ways to improve education quality and teachers’ wages. Members of the ruling coalition, on the other hand, refrain from giving any clear terms for planned changes.

After a weekly meeting of coalition parties Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš told journalists that the government plans to listen to Education and Science Minister Ilga Šuplinska’s report on what can be done in the education sector on Tuesday, 26 February. She proposes ensuring quality education to all children in Latvia, which means reforming the system in a way that would allow it, said the head of the government.

«With Mrs. Šuplinska’s help in the government we will find a way to improve the system in a way to improve quality and wages,» said Kariņš.

He stressed that the administrative territorial reform is fundamental for all improvements the government plans to exact. The reform will require upwards of two years sorting the school network. Now ministries and the prime minister will work to find a solution.

When asked if the government could find finances to increase teachers’ wages this year, Kariņš said: ‘If I could find it [funding] this week, I would. It’s a long process.’ He explained that the goal is resolving the issue regarding the transition period – between now and the time until adoption of the administrative territorial reform.

Chairman of the National Alliance Raivis Dzintars said the coalition has agreed that teachers’ wages should be increased. Although the school network is not optimal, it is unlikely that optimization can yield necessary finances, said the politician. NA has proposed its own proposal for the source of funding. The party has proposed reducing the base capital of the Courthouse Agency for a necessary amount and adding said amount to the state budget to increase teachers’ wages in 2019. A total of EUR 11.2 million was invested in the Courthouse Agency in 2017 in order to partially cover the construction of a new prison in Liepaja. However, construction was later postponed.

Discussions about possible solutions, including NA’s proposal, will continue in the future. Justice Minister and leader of the New Conservative Party Jānis Bordāns believes that the National Alliance’s proposal is «structurally a good idea».

Bordāns stressed that the government is a well-oiled machine that works to solve problems in education sector. He proposed interviewing Šuplinska about her report and vision on Tuesday.

KPV LV Saeima faction leader Atis Zakatistovs admits that this subject is complicated, but ministries and the prime minister will work hard on resolving the issue.

Environment Protection and Regional Development Minister Juris Pūce said the aforementioned problem requires participation from the state and municipalities.


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