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Parents will no longer need to purchase textbooks for their children

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Education and Science Ministry (ESM) has clearly stated municipal and state responsibility in dividing education funds for students in its amendments to normative regulations. These amendments state that parents no longer need to purchase textbooks; they need only purchase individual education materials and utensils.

The state is responsible for securing optimal education standards by funding education literature, methodical guidelines, additional literature and digital and electronic education materials. Municipalities, on the other hand, provide education materials that are necessary for use by the education institution, securing a modern education environment, as reported by ESM.

Parents are still responsible for purchasing education utensils. This reduces parents’ expenses in purchasing everything their children need for the school process on their own money, says the ministry.

During the working meeting of January 9, 2013, it was decided that amendments are necessary for the Education Law and the General Education Law for the adoption of the “The order in which the state is organized and financed by the issue of teaching resources and purchase” section of the Cabinet of Ministers rules. Amendments include definitions to all modern education materials.

The ESM will be submitting amendments to the Saeima on January 13.

“A gap was present between requirements stated in regulations on education process and the opportunity for each and everyone to receive free primary and general education, as stated in the Constitution of the Republic of Latvia. The amendments offered by the ministry in cooperation with the ministry’s partners will provide a clear state and municipal responsibility to rectify this gap,” – notes minister Roberts Kilis.

Currently, the term “education materials” are defined in an overall general manner in the Education Law – the literature necessary for carrying out the education program, as well as technical resources and machinery. This is why the ESM has added the list of education materials, as well as defined the forms of education materials in accordance with their modern variety.

For the first time, the ESM has defined education materials for personal everyday use (bags; school uniform; footwear; writing utensils).

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  1. Andy says:

    Oh my looks like Latvia has caught up with the rest of the world now.

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