In the new week, the deputies will familiarize themselves with the residents’ objections to the reorganization of the school network – BauskasDzive.lv

In the new week, the deputies will familiarize themselves with the residents’ objections to the reorganization of the school network – BauskasDzive.lv
In the new week, the deputies will familiarize themselves with the residents’ objections to the reorganization of the school network – BauskasDzive.lv
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In the new week, two Saeima commissions will consider citizens’ objections to the reorganization of the school network.

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On Tuesday, February 6, at the meeting of the Latgale subcommittee of the Commission for Human Rights and Public Affairs, the deputies will familiarize themselves with the submission of the parents of students of Rudzātu High School. Parents “categorically objected” not only to the change of Rudzāt secondary school education level to primary school, but also to the new pedagogues’ salary model “Program in the school” – in their opinion, it is unfair and “does not correspond to rational considerations”.

“The new optimization criteria make us believe that rural secondary schools and countryside are being deliberately exterminated. Claims that this education lacks quality, at least in the context of Rudzātu High School, are not true and are provable,” the parents stress, noting that the school has been at the top of educational institution rankings in recent years. Concerns are expressed that the influx of students in recent years is not facilitated by “constant hints” that there will be no more secondary school classes in Rudzāti, which forces students to reconsider their choice in favor of other schools.

Representatives from the Ministry of Education and Science (MES), Līvāni County Council, Rudzātu Secondary School, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Latvian Union of Local Governments, Latgale Planning Region, Latgale Region County Municipalities and Daugavpils and Rēzekne State Municipalities are invited to participate in the meeting.

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On the other hand, on Wednesday, February 7, the agenda of the meeting of the Mandates, Ethics and Submissions Commission included the collective submission of 10,705 Latvian citizens “Rural small high schools – to be!” initial evaluation.

The author of the initiative, Margarita Kolosova, wants to ensure that the Ministry of Education and Culture, when planning and implementing school reform, does not rely only on the numbers in the tables, but understands that behind each number there is a child, a family, a teacher and the future of the countryside.

The author calls on the Ministry of Education and Culture to abandon the current quantitative criterion for the density of the network of rural high schools with 50 kilometers (km) between high schools, i.e. no more than 25 km from the student’s place of residence to the school, and to establish qualitative criteria in the legislation, starting with the results of centralized exams, so that the school can maintain high school status. “Because in the education system it is, or at least should be, about success, about the quality of education, about teachers and children, and not about kilometers,” says Kolosova. If a secondary school proves the quality of its education, then together as a society and country, for the sake of our children, families and maximum accessible education, we must give such a secondary school the opportunity to be the author of the initiative.

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LETA has already reported that the number of students will be the determining criterion in the creation of the school network. This is foreseen in the informative report of the Ministry of Education and Culture “Complex solutions for providing high-quality education in general basic and secondary education”.

The minimum number of students in a class group will be determined by observing the optimal class approach, or the number of students in a class depending on the location of the educational institution, four groups of classes and the location of the educational institution.

If the educational institution does not fulfill the quantitative criteria, taking into account the specified permissible deviation, and it is not determined as an exception, for the implementation of educational programs in grades 1-9, state budget funding will be allocated in proportion to the actual number of students against the determined optimal number in the class group, the rest of the funding financed by the municipality from its own budget.

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On the other hand, for the implementation of programs in the 10th-12th grades, state funding will be allocated only for those programs that meet the set criteria for the optimal number of students, observing the set allowable deviation, as envisaged by the Ministry of Education and Culture’s plan for the new pedagogue salary model “Program in the school”.

Currently, local governments distribute the state-calculated targeted grant for teachers’ salary to educational institutions according to the procedure for distributing the targeted grant developed and approved by the municipality, taking into account only the lowest salary rate for pedagogues determined by the state. This allows, for example, to “subsidize” smaller schools at the expense of larger schools.

The Minister of Education and Science, Anda Čakša (JV), has previously called on municipalities not to delay the decision on the reorganization of the educational institution, as parents and the public must be clear about the upcoming ecosystem. The minister has also repeatedly emphasized that the Ministry of Education and Culture does not have a concrete plan for how many schools should be reduced.

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In some local governments of Latvia, residents have expressed dissatisfaction with the possible closure of schools.

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The article is in Latvian

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