26% of residents aged 25-34 had higher education in Latvia in 2007 (34% on average in OECD member states), ten years later this proportion has increased to 42% of residents (44% on average in OECD member states), according to results of Education at a Glance 2018: OCD Indicators international education comparison study.
International student mobility has increased in almost all OECD countries and member states. Mobility of students entering Latvia has nearly doubled from 2013 to 2016, which is one of the largest growth indexes among all OECD member and partner states. This increase reflects the hard work and effort Latvia has put in modernizing higher education and making it more internationally accessible. In 2016, there were 6,000 foreign students in Latvia, which is around 8% of all higher education students in the country (6% in OECD member states), according to results of the study.
Similar to many other countries, host indexes for foreign students in vocational education programmes in Latvia are below the indexes in general education programmes. Approximately 40% of all students in secondary education are currently engaged in studies of vocation education programmes. It also seems that finding work is easier for people aged 25-34 with vocational education – their employment level is 81%, compared to 78% for adults who have secondary education. This three percentage point difference in Latvia is lower than the ten percentage point difference in OECD member states (81% for adults with vocational education and 71% for people with secondary education), according to results of the study.
It is also reported that from 2005 to 2016 there was an increase of acceptance of children aged three to four year old children in kindergartens. The increase for children aged three was from 66% to 89%, whereas the increase for children aged four was from 73% to 93%.
OECD Directorate for Education and Skills expert Simon Normandeau says that education system can be compared to a tower with many different elements and all of them are very important: ‘If a tower has a weak foundation, it may collapse in the future. This is why all education system participants should combine their strength to ensure the best possible support for the next generations. Like it or not, we reflect the support we received as children.’