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President Vejonis to promulgate legislation on teachers' loyalty

BC, Riga, 02.12.2016.Print version
President Raimonds Vejonis decided today to promulgate controversial amendments to the Education Law that, among other things, will allow sacking teachers for disloyalty to the Latvian state.

The president’s adviser Janis Siksnis told LETA that Vejonis will sign the legislation into law even though their adoption has caused reasonable confusion in Latvia’s society.

Two organizations, the Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees (LIZDA) and the Latvian Association of Education Managers, asked the president not to promulgate the controversial bill and to return it to Saeima for revision. The parties concerned met this week and the president listened to the educators' concerns.

Vejonis, however, rejected the calls to send the legislation back to Saeima after consultations with the Saeima committees in charge of the bill and the Saeima legal office.

At the same time, the president called on Saeima to carefully follow the practical application of the loyalty bill in order to detect and prevent any potential problems and misinterpretations.

As reported, Saeima passed the so-called teacher loyalty amendments to the Education Law in the final reading at the end of November, establishing a set of rules for firing teachers who are found to be disloyal to the State of Latvia. 56 MPs voted for the amendments, 35 were against.

The Education and Science Ministry said previously that the purpose of the bill was to prevent risks to national and public interests, democracy, security and growth from illegal activities by teachers and school principals disloyal to Latvia.

The amendments will come into force on January 1 next year.

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