Latvia: Teacher union demands Education Minister’s resignation today

The Latvian Trade Union of Education and Science Employees (LIZDA) has demanded the resignation of Education and Science Minister Anda Caksa by the end of the working day on 3 July 2023, DELFI reports. If the minister refuses to resign, LIZDA may take further action, potentially delaying the start of the new school year. The trade union cited the minister’s "lack of interest and competence" in addressing current challenges in the education sector as a reason for the call. LIZDA has demanded that the ministry ensure sufficient budget funding for teacher salaries and has criticised the ministry’s plans to reform the school network and centralised examinations. Caksa said that LIZDA’s messaging was "threatening" and "unconstructive."