RIGA - It is clear that distance learning in Latvian general and professional schools will last, and, possibly, the usual regime will not be resumed this school year, said Education and Science Minister Ilga Suplinska (New Conservative Party) in an interview with the Latvian public television today.
She said that it is hard to forecast the possibility of centralized school leaving exams this year, but the ministry will launch discussion on this issue next week.
Suplinska said that several scenarios are being assessed right now. "Malta, for example, has cancelled the school year, all pupils of grades 6 or higher will start learning in the same grade next year. Latvia definitely does not wish such a solution," said the minister.
"We hope that we will be able to close the school year in distance learning, and then we will see whether those who apply for universities need the exams organized by schools or maybe they can be organized by universities," said Suplinska.
As reported, in an effort to prevent Covid-19 from spreading further in Latvia, a state of emergency came into force on March 13, setting a number of tough restrictions. Remote learning is organized at schools.