RIGA - Saeima today forwarded to committees a bill on national defense education for children and youth, drafted by the Defense Ministry.
The ministry predicts that the number of students attending national education classes annually will be up to 34,000 when the new legislation comes into effect.
Attending national defense classes will be 10th and 11th-graders, as well as students at vocational education institutions.
Saeima earlier decided that national defense classes could be attended by students on a voluntary basis starting from the 2018-2019 school year, and the classes would become compulsory in the 2024-2025 school year.
According to the bill, Youth Guard personnel will hold national defense classes in schools and vocational schools, and the funds necessary for organizing these classes will be allocated by the Youth Guard Center.
The classes will be held for one entire day each month. On some of these days, students will be outdoors. Students will also be able to attend, on a voluntary basis, special training camps to learn new practical skills.