The government will hopefully not have to halt in-person school attendance for all children - Karins' parliamentary secretary

  • 2020-11-16
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Hopefully, the government will not have to halt in-person school attendance for all schoolchildren, Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins' parliamentary secretary Evika Silina (New Unity) told Saeima Budget Committee on Monday.

"This is one of the last bastions that we didn't want to fall, because it would automatically mean major challenges for employees - they would have nowhere to leave their children, so they would have to work remotely," explained Silina. A full transition to distance learning is one of the "worst case scenarios", should the number of new Covid-19 cases increase steeply in Latvia, she added.

Silina said that full transition to distance learning could be discussed tomorrow, November 17, at a joint meeting of the government and the Crisis Management Council. She also said she hoped that no such decision would be made.

As reported, as people are not fully complying with the existing Covid-19 restriction, and Covid-19 incidence keeps rising, the Latvian government might have to consider harsher restrictions and full transition to distance learning, said Health Minister Ilze Vinkele (For Development) in an interview with the Latvian public television.