Posts tagged as education

Schools might have to consider more remote learning

Monday, September 28, 2020

Education Minister Ilga Šuplinska told Latvian Radio September 28 that with the COVID-19 situation deteriorating, schools might have to shift towards more remote learning. As of Monday, COVID-19 infection cases have been found in 12 education institutions, of which seven are schools, three kindergartens and two tertiary education institutions. Two schools have had more than one case. Minister Šuplinska indicated that schools might have to consider shifting from Education Ministry’s proposed  model…

Lithuania’s first lady in hot water over comments on women in education

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Diana Nausėdienė, the wife of Lithuania’s President Gitanas Nausėda, has attracted criticism after delivering a speech on women’s empowerment. Commentators have called her comments ill-advised, while the president’s office has said Nausėdienė’s words were misconstrued. Speaking at an event on women’s leadership last Tuesday, Nausėdienė argued that increasing the share of women in any given field did not automatically lead to better outcomes, giving education as an example. “If we…

LRT English Newsletter: We are getting worse at math

Friday, August 7, 2020

It has clearly been a challenging year for school students, but it came as a shock that  almost a third of Lithuanian graduates who took the national math exam failed it  . Rather than a result of interrupted teaching due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is an outcome of Lithuanian students getting worse at math and science, education official Rūta Krasauskienė says, and deep-rooted problems in the education system. The…

Number of higher education institutions in Latvia is not optimal – education minister

Thursday, November 28, 2019

The number of higher education institutions in Latvia is not optimal, Education and Science Minister Ilga Suplinska (New Conservative Party, JKP) said on Latvian Radio today, adding that while the existing infrastructure is large enough for 160,000 students, there are only 80,00 people studying in Latvia. The minister agreed with the opinion that there are too many higher education institutions in Latvia and said that the situation in the sector…

University lecturers protest education underfunding by handing out fake diplomas

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Academic workers staged an action outside the government building in Vilnius, distributing free diplomas in protest of underfunding for higher education and science in Lithuania. The action on Wednesday was entitled ‘Diplomas už ačių’, or ‘Diploma for free’, with a misspelling that referred to an error made by the former minister of education. Several hundred passersby joined the protest by Vilnius University workers and were given fake diplomas. The action…

IMF calls on Lithuania to step up reforms in healthcare and education

Friday, November 22, 2019

The International Monetary Fund’s mission in Lithuania has called on the country to step up structural reforms in healthcare and education, the Ministry of Finance says. The IMF has acknowledged that these areas are the least efficient, Finance Minister Vilius Šapoka said on Thursday. “It’s particularly important to focus on and step up reforms in the education and health sectors. Otherwise, economic development will not be sustainable,” Šapoka said in…

Lithuania and Poland to tackle contentious minority education issues

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Lithuanian  Education   Minister Algirdas Monkevičius is leaving for Warsaw on Wednesday to meet with his Polish counterpart, Dariusz Piontkowski, to discuss minority  education   issues. “These include [improving] learning conditions for ethnic Lithuanian students in Poland and ethnic Polish students in Lithuania, providing national minorities’ schools with textbooks in their native languages,” Barbara Stankevič, the minister’s spokeswoman, told BNS in a comment. As Lithuania pivots towards improving relations with Poland,…

Estonian education ministry drops plan for mandatory kindergarten

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Minister of Education and Research Mailis Reps proposed making kindergarten mandatory for children from a certain age last year. The plan has now been dropped, partly because of how much it would cost. Reps introduced a plan for mandatory preschool education in 2018 that would have seen parents who want to leave their children at home obligated to register them as being homeschooled and appear in kindergarten from time to…

Government ready to back full Latvian language use in education

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The coalition cooperation council meeting on September 23 discussed the National Alliance’s proposal on the amendments to the Education Law and agreed that there should be a full transition to the Latvian language in all education levels, said the secretary general of the National Alliance Raivis Zeltits, reported the LETA newswire. The Education and Science Ministry will now have to work on a suitable plan. National Alliance’s chairman Raivis Dzintars said…

Law change to award vocational higher education graduates bachelor degrees

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Changes in the law will see bachelor’s degrees awarded to graduates of professional or vocational subjects. Previously such studies had culminated in a diploma of higher education. The Higher Education Act, entering into force in September, will bring Estonian tertiary education more in line with that of Germany or Switzerland, according to a spokesperson from on of the institutions affected by the changes, the Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences…