Benefits & Requirements
Coverage: Requirements for its application
The purpose of this law is to regulate the rights and responsibilities of all persons (state and local government educational institutions and other persons) involved in the process of implementation of general education. This law builds on the Education Law and specifies the organisation and describes the environment of preschool, basic, and secondary education.
Coverage: Eligible groups or beneficiaries
All children aged one-and-a-half until the acquisition of secondary education - 19 as a standard, but longer if the education takes more time.
Criteria for coverage
All children residing in Latvia.
5-16 (in exceptional cases until 18)
Duration (numbers of years of compulsory education stipulated by this document)
2 years of preschool + 9 years of general education
ISCED levels included in compulsory education
Levels 1 and 2
Dedication (number of hours per week stipulated by this document)
This document does not stipulate workload (see Education Law)
Is educational tracking implemented or modified by this document?
Education and training required for a compulsory school teacher stipulated by this document
This document does not stipulate teacher education and training (see Education Law).
Is the compulsory education of children of undocumented migrants granted by this document?
This document does not stipulate education for migrant children (see Education Law).
Read the Law
Full Text Source in English
10.06.1999 General Education Law
Original full text source in native language
10.06.1999 Vispārējās izglītības likums
Full text web source in English
Original full text web source in native language
Secondary Literature & Sources
Study "Access to life long learning and possibilities to study in Latvia" ("Mūžizglītības pieejamība un iespējas izglītoties Latvijā"): http://www.laea.lv/44/section.aspx/85 (in Latvian, summary of relevant legislation in appendix)
Links to databases and sources for the analysis or evaluation of this policy field
Statistics on general education from 2009 onwards on the Ministry of Education and Science website: http://www.izm.gov.lv/lv/publikacijas-un-statistika/statistika-par-izglitibu/statistika-par-visparejo-izglitibu. Statistics in a similar form for earlier years (not before 1999) are available upon request from the Ministry but are often not electronic.
Education data section in Central Statistical Office of Latvia (from year 1990 for most indicators): http://data.csb.gov.lv/pxweb/en/Sociala/Sociala__ikgad__izgl/ (in English or Latvian)