Amber - the Deputy of the Sejm, member of the Board of "Movement For"!
The results of the last population census, held in 2011, secondary education was not a quarter of Latvian residents, of which nearly 7% have not completed even primary school. Last year that number had fallen to 17%, however, this amount still poses a risk for the future of Latvia. Among those who are in search of work, people with primary or incomplete primary education has become even more: their number increased from 18% in 2012 to 20% in 2014.
To as efficiently as possible to reduce unemployment among young people for whom the risk of not finding work in the EU and so extremely high, in the foreseeable future in Latvia should introduce compulsory secondary education, which means the opportunity to continue training up to thirty years of age.
The concept of secondary education includes not only secondary, meaning, and a natural continuation of which is higher education, but vocational secondary education. Improving vocational schools, including attracting highly qualified teachers of General subjects and upgrading programs, we will be able to ensure that more and more young people choosing skills training.
In 2014, the professional training chosen about 37% of school graduates, but not enough. We must work to ensure that 50% of graduates of secondary schools for eighteen years profession. Compulsory secondary education – modern Western trend that we observe, for example, Portugal, Hungary, UK, Netherlands, Israel, several Australian States and also in Washington (USA).
To develop the dual education and to facilitate the timely development of the profession, should go for a six-year primary and six years secondary education. It is important to observe the following principle: when choosing the primary school plays a major role its proximity to the child's home, and the choice of medium – the quality of education, modern equipment, qualified teachers, world-class technology for professional educational programs, as well as healthy competition, beneficial for the learning process, and cooperation among children with different interests. It should be noted that the reduction of the duration of primary school education in favor of medium is strictly prohibited, while compulsory secondary education is not enshrined in law.
Finally, the planned reform to the school network without compulsory secondary education may result in a situation where young people from remote places generally refuse attending high school, so in the future exposing themselves to risk to remain without work. They just seem to be that education is not worth it to go to another city.
Supporting the duty of everyone to acquire knowledge and master the skills in General education or vocational secondary school, we support the values outlined in the Preface to the Constitution – caring for the next generations, thirst for knowledge, the desire for intellectual excellence and spiritual wealth, which is so typical of the European cultural space and Outlook of the Latvian people. After all, education is not only part of the economy