Latvia’s Saeima supports starting school at the age of six

Latvia’s parliament supported in the first reading amendments to the General Education Law and Education Law that provide a flexible transition to compulsory primary education at the age of six, as confirmed by Saeima’s press-service.

«Children develop the most rapidly in their early childhood. They absorb information very quickly. Because of that, it is important not to miss this period of times for children’s future. We have to provide children with high quality and modern education to help with their development,» says Saeima Education, Culture and Science Committee’s chairman Aldis Adamovičs.
«1st graders will be able to start undergoing studies in pre-school education institutions or schools in special rooms prepared for six-year-old children. All children are different. Only parents know their children the best. Because of that, the right to decide if their child is ready to start school life has been preserved,» says Adamovičs.
The requirement that ensures compulsory acquisition of primary education at the age of six may come into force on 1 September 2019.
Saeima’s conceptually supported amendments also provide other changes associated with the transition to competence-based education content, including the matter regarding organization of education process and length of lessons.
The planned amendments govern the matter regarding special education. Special education institutions will be able to realize education programmes general education institutions are not able to realize.
For amendments to the General Education Law and Education Law to come into force, the Saeima needs to approve them in the second and third readings.

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