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High school students in Latvia could be denied opportunity to choose the language of their exams

BC, Riga, 07.06.2017.Print version
igh school students could be denied the opportunity to choose the language of their exams, and only take exams in Latvian, according to amendments to the regulations on centralized exams drafted by the Education and Science Ministry, reports LETA.

The current Cabinet of Ministers regulations stipulate that students attending schools for ethnic minorities may choose to take their exams in either Latvian or Russian.


Since the State Language Law came into force in September 2000, no less than three-fifths of classes have to be taught in Latvian in ethnic minorities' schools, so that graduates would have the same opportunities on the labor market as those who graduate from Latvian schools.


Since 2000, the number of students going to ethnic schools who choose to take their exams in Latvian has been steadily increasing. In 2008/2009 school year, the proportion was 60%, while in 2015/2016 school year, the proportion was already 85%, notes the Education and Science Ministry.






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