Posts tagged as schools

Interest in online schools on the rise in Latvia

Friday, November 6, 2020

During the pandemic, pupils and parents’ interest in distance education secondary schools is increasing, Latvian Radio reported November 6. Since most schools now have to adapt to remote teaching, many people believe that schools that have worked in this system for a long time will provide higher-quality education. However, distance education schools’ representatives say that this education cannot be compared with either on-site and remote learning. Consequently, such a step should…

Schools might have to go fully remote in Latvia

Monday, October 26, 2020

If COVID-19 continues to spread rapidly in educational establishments it will be necessary for all pupils to learn remotely, Health Minister Ilze Viņķele told Latvian Television October 26. Following the autumn holiday last week, only pupils from grades 1 to 6 resumed on-site learning, while older pupils are learning remotely. But if the spread continues at a high rate, junior pupils will also have to continue learning remotely. Viņķele called…

Older pupils in all schools will learn remotely for one week

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

In the week after the autumn holiday, learning process will be remote for all grade 7-12 pupils in Latvia, Education Minister Ilga Šuplinska told Latvian Television October 13. The Minister said that  model C  , which means remote learning, is already practiced in Latvia. For example,  Natālijas Draudzinas High School is in quarantine. Pupils have autumn holidays next week, and Šuplinska hopes that this will help calm feelings, stress and uncertainty. After the holiday,…

One in ten Lithuanian schools affected by coronavirus – minister

Monday, October 5, 2020

The coronavirus infection has affected around a tenth of schools in Lithuania, the country’s Education Minister Algirdas Monkevičius told LRT RADIO on Monday. “Covid-19 has affected around 10 percent of all schools,” he said, adding that around 1,500 children and 110 teachers are now in self isolation. However, only several cases were contracted at a school, added Monkevičius. Meanwhile, “the number of infected university students is very low and is…

Latvian society must cooperate to keep schools open

Thursday, October 1, 2020

All members of society must be careful and comply with safety measures to limit COVID-19 in order to keep schools open for as long as possible, Health Minister Ilze Viņķele said in an interview on Latvian Radio October 1. The Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) has indicated that, despite the r   ecord number of cases   confirmed on Wednesday, the situation is under control and outbreaks are localized. Due…

Eighty-four schools in Lithuania affected by coronavirus

Monday, September 28, 2020

Coronavirus cases have been confirmed at 84 schools in Lithuania since the start of the academic year on September 1, Daiva Razmuvienė of the National Public Health Centre (NPHC) said on Monday. “One hundred and eighty-one cases have been recorded at educational institutions, including 111 schoolchildren, 55 teachers and 15 persons not involved in the education process, and, as a result, 1,701 people have been isolated. The figures are still…

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…

LIZDA: schools should have rights to COVID-19 related information on pupils

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Latvian Education and Science Workers Union (LIZDA) head Inga Vanaga told Latvian Television September 15 that the Union thinks schools should decide on their own whether to ask pupils’ families to sign claims whether they have been abroad. As of now, some schools ask pupils’ families to sign claims confirming they have not been abroad or in contact with COVID-19 patients. State Service of Education Quality (IKVD) has said this requirement…

Twenty-one schools in Lithuania affected by COVID-19

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Twenty-one schools across Lithuania have had at least one student or staff member diagnosed with the coronavirus, a public health official said on Thursday. As a result, 318 students and teachers have been instructed to self-isolate and some schools have decided to switch to remote teaching. Two students from schools in Vilnius, Gabija Progymnasium and Martynas Mažvydas Progymnasium, recently tested positive for Covid-19, according to Rolanda Lingienė of the National…

Virus spreads in schools in Lithuania

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Thirty-two new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Lithuania over Monday, according to the National Public Health Centre (NVSC). Five of the newly confirmed infections were contracted abroad: four people were diagnosed with Covid-19 after returning from Ukraine, one from Ethiopia. Seven new cases have been linked to a known cluster around the logistics company Hegelmann Transporte in Kaunas. The cluster currently accounts for 33 known cases. All the newly-diagnosed people…