Latvia: Education Minister Anda Čakša refuses to resign

Latvia’s Education Minister Anda Čakša (New Unity) refused to resign as demanded by the Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees (LIZDA), LSM reports. She insisted that her actions as minister thus far had provided no grounds for such a demand. Čakša recognised the need to address the budgetary allocation for teacher salaries during upcoming state budget talks. She called on LIZDA to engage in more cooperation to improve the quality of education. Čakša stressed the importance of constructive conversation, devoid of manipulation or “mobbing tactics.” She pointed out that the ministry’s role was to formulate policy rather than fulfill all wishes.