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Saeima supports lowering language requirements for staff at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian Saeima’s Education, Culture and Science Committee supported in the final reading amendments to the Law on Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. Changes provide for lowering state language requirements for staff of the school, including the rector, as confirmed by Saeima press-service.

Amendments provide that academic personnel working at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga are not to be applied with state language level requirements detailed in existing regulations. Additionally, it is planned to allow approval of foreigners in the post of the economic school’s rector. Nevertheless, the rector of this institution needs to know and use Latvian language in the amount needed to perform their duties. Alternatively, the school should be able to provide translation in state language.

As noted in the legislative draft’s annotation, no requirement for state language skills exists for academic staff at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. This is because education is provided in English language.

«Last year, a scandal erupted in relation to the approval of the rector of Stockholm School of Economics in Riga Andress Pālzovs because of his state language skills. Activities of this school are governed by a special law, and it also establishes exceptions in relation to usage of state language – education is provided not just in English language there. To prevent future complications, it is important to lower language requirements in the special law. Generally speaking, requirements for Latvian language are justified. Still, it is necessary to establish exceptional status for this specific case,» said the chairman of the education committee Aldis Adamovičs.

Stockholm School of Economics in Riga was founded in 1993 with support from the Swedish government Latvia’s Education and Science Ministry in order to provide the country excellent economic and business education, as stated in the annotation.

Amendments to the Law on Stockholm School of Economics in Riga will be viewed by the Saeima in the second reading on 25 October.


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