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Nearly 13,000 children of school age left Latvia last year

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn 2017, Latvia lost 12,801 children aged 7 to 18 due to them leaving the country, according to information from Education Quality State Service’s report on 2017.

After compiling data on children of school age not registered in education institutions, the State Education Quality State Service found that 16,080 children were not registered in any education institution in 2017/2018. Municipalities had no information on 448 children.

The number of children aged seven to eighteen registered with education institutions has declined over the course of the year. A total of 17,357 children were not registered with any education institution in the 2016/2017 school year.

Available data shows that the majority of children not registered with any education institution had left the country over the course from 2010 to 2017. The number of children of the 7-18 age group that have left the country in 2017 has declined by 1,002 children, reaching 12,801.

One negative aspect is that the number of children not registered with any education institution and for which no information is available in municipalities continued increasing in 2017.

One negative factor is the in comparison with previous years, the number of children in the age group from 7 to 18 that did not attend education activities due to lasting sickness had increased in 2017. In 2014 there was only one, in 2015 there were four, in 2016 there were eight, and in 2017 there were thirteen children. In the past two years, the number of children for which municipalities have yet to determine the status remained unchanged.

After compiling information from municipalities, the Education Quality State Service concluded that the situation in which the number of children unregistered with any education institution remains high and for which municipalities have no information is rather negative. Another negative aspect is that compared to 2016, the number of children that do not attend education because of lasting sickness remains high.

To determine the reasons why children are not registered with any education institutions, the majority of municipalities perform interviews at the children’s place of residents, as well as acquire information from neighbours and relatives.


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