RIGA - Education in Latvia, as compared to other European countries, is at a very high level, if not one of the best, Education and Science Minister Ilga Suplinska (New Conservative Party) told reporters today.
When asked about the European Union education ministers' meeting on Tuesday, Suplinska said that the entire Europe was tackling similar problems and that Latvia was in a very good position, thanks to the technological solutions available in Latvia and to how the education process was organized. One problem is that children have much more to do now than before the crisis, Suplinska added.
Asked to comment on other EU countries' opinions about centralized exams for 12th-graders, Suplinska pointed out that most countries had not yet decided whether and how the exams would take place. Nevertheless, "most countries, including Lithuania and Estonia, are preparing for centralized exams. There are countries that say the exams will take place in two weeks, when the state of emergency will be lifted," said the minister.
She emphasized that most EU countries were ready to move forward and agreed that remote learning was a "springboard" to help achieve it.
As reported, the national centralized examinations for 12th-grade students are scheduled to take place from June 2 to July 7. Those who will not be able to take the exams within this time-frame, will be given extra time from July 9 to 30.