Minority education: statistics and trends

21.03.2016. 16:23

The state finances national minority education programmes in Latvia in seven languages: Russian, Polish, Hebrew, Ukrainian, Estonian, Lithuanian, and Belarusian.

In the 2015/2016 academic year, 811 schools of general education receive state funding. Out of those, national minority education programmes are implemented in 104 schools: education programmes in the Russian language and bilingually are carried out in 94 schools, in Polish and bilingually – in 4 schools, in Ukrainian and bilingually – in one, in Belarusian and bilingually – in one, Hebrew – in two, in Latvian and Lithuanian – in one, in Latvian and Estonian – in one school.

Both Latvian and minority education programmes are implemented in 71 schools, and three private schools run general education programmes in English (two schools) and French (one school). There are also 28 evening schools, extramural and distance learning institutions, 14 of which offer both Latvian and national minority education programmes. Several schools provide education to Roma pupils.

In the 2015/2016 academic year, 59 418 pupils were enrolled in national minority education programmes, accounting for 26% of the total number of students.