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Number of Latvian school students, who fail at centralized graduation exams twice as high as in 201530.06.2016
The number of students who failed at high school centralized graduation exams this year – 234 – is twice as high as in 2015, as the National Center for Education told LETA.
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The Lithuanian parliament Seimas has given the green-light to the state to sign contracts with higher education providers based on what professionals it needs and has allowed reducing the time needed for a bachelor's degree by a year to three years, informs LETA/BNS.
As a result of reforming the teacher remuneration system, the earmarked subsidy for teachers' salaries will increase for about 88% of local governments in Latvia, informs LETA.
Lithuania is inviting Israel's scientists to cooperate and use its integrated science, studies and business centers, or "science valleys", Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius said on Tuesday after meeting with Nili Cohen, president of the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities, reports LETA/BNS.
The Estonian School of Hotel and Tourism Management (EHTE), a private school providing applied higher education in Tallinn, has been declared bankrupt, informs LETA/BNS.
The education quality improvement solution Edurio, created in Latvia, has received support worth EUR 1.86 million from the European Union’s research and innovation grant program Horizon 2020 for the company’s further development and improvement of education quality on the European level, LETA was informed by the company's representatives.
The European University Association (EUA) has released a review of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and found that there seems to be no benefit for universities – even though the scheme was created with funds taken from Horizon 2020, informed BC Jessica Carter from EUA.
Commissioner P. Moscovici in a recent speech called “Structural reforms 2.0: for a stronger and more inclusive recovery” described his views on structural reforms’ importance for fostering growth and jobs in Europe, as well as on the “priority-type reforms” presently needed. Most of his thoughts can serve as guidelines for the Baltic States government’s structural policies.
Although training and employment are within the member states competence, the EU often makes some recommendations. Thus, the Commission adopted recently a new and comprehensive “skills agenda” with the aim to ensure development of a broader set of new skills from early on in life and efficiently use human capital, which would ultimately boost employability, competitiveness and growth in the member states.
In the first four months of the year 2016, the average monthly salary of teachers of municipal schools in Estonia was 1,135 euros, which marks a year-on-year rise of 6.3%, informs LETA/BNS.
The Launch of Latvia’s first satellite Venta-1 into orbit planned this month has been put off, Aigars Krauze, a researcher at Ventspils University College and a coordinator of Venta-1 project, told LETA.
The European Commission has registered a new European Citizens' Initiative called “More than Education” to modernise the existing education systems in the EU states. The European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) is a reflection of “citizens’ democracy”: a registered ECI with 1 million signatures from seven EU states forces the Commission to take actions.
Estonian parliament (Riigikogu) on June 7th adopted changes to the Private Schools Act, according to which the state will continue to pay an operating subsidy to private schools until the end of 2019, informs LETA/BNS.
The number of foreign students in Latvia has trebled in the past three years, and their contribution to the national budget reaches EUR 148 million a year, a study by Certus think tank shows, cites LETA.
Steps have been taken this year to establish in Turkey the first Latvian Society and the week-end school for Latvian children, the Latvian embassy in Turkey announced LETA.