How can Latvia improve the quality and equity of its education system and realise long-term efficiency gains? This report covers the whole education system from early childhood education and care to tertiary education and provides an assessment of Latvia’s policies and practices against the best approaches in education and skills across the OECD. This international comparison brings to the fore the many strengths of Latvia’s education system, but also highlights the challenges it faces and provides a number of recommendations in response. This report will be of value to Latvia but also policy makers in other countries looking to raise the quality, equity and efficiency of their education systems.
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The typical teacher in lower secondary education in Latvia is a 47 year old woman, who reports having 22 years of teaching experience and who completed a teacher education or training programme. Teachers in Latvia report spending 84% of their lesson time on actual teaching and learning, and 90% teachers report overall satisfaction with their job.
This review finds that reform of education, training and human resource development is an integral part of the transition to a democratic society and market economy. Latvia has made progress in all these areas since reform began in 1990.