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Sunday, 30.04.2017, 16:01
Senate of University of Latvia unanimously agrees to takeover of teacher academy
The Senate decided to support the proposal for merging the RPIVA with the University of Latvia, provided that the proposed takeover is approved by the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers.
The Latvian government may discuss the Education and Science Ministry's proposal for liquidation of the RPIVA by merging it with the University of Latvia next week.
According to unofficial sources, initially the government intended to discuss the matter at the meeting tomorrow but then decided to put it off until the Senate of the University of Latvia made its decision on the subject.
As reported, the Education and Science Ministry has decided to reorganize the RPIVA by merging it with the University of Latvia by the end of August. This is necessary to concentrate resources and ensure more effective utilization of budget funds, said the ministry.
The ministry has promised that all eight regional branches of the RPIVA will remain open after the reorganization and all lecturers will be transferred to work for the University of Latvia.
The RPIVA strongly objects to its reorganization, complaining that the Education and Science Ministry had failed to discuss the plan with the academy and that the allegations about inefficiency and low-quality education at the RPIVA amount to politically-motivated slander.
The students and the staff of the RPIVA will hold a picket in front of the Cabinet of Ministers building on February 28, protesting the plan to liquidate the academy by merging with the University of Latvia. The demonstrators will also demand resignation of the education minister, blaming him for the decision to liquidate the RPIVA.
If the Latvian government approved the plan for RPIVA's liquidation by merging it with the University of Latvia, the academy intends to file a complaint with the Constitutional Court.