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Minister Reps: challenges in education in the Baltic states are similar, Estonia offers great example

7. June 2019 - 6:29
The Plenary Session of the 25th Meeting of Baltic Education Ministers

Three Baltic states share challenges in education – schools with small number of students and need to increase teachers’ salaries, but the capacity to address those challenges are different, was admitted at the 25th Meeting of the Education Ministers of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

„The salaries of teachers have constantly risen from 950 euros to 1250 euros during past three years, but the minimum salary in Latvia is about 710 euros and in Lithuania about 800 euros,“ marked minister of education of Estonia Ms Mailis Reps. “With the increases of salaries and the development of the image of teaching profession Estonia sets great example. Estonia’s principle to reorganize school network and increase teachers’ salaries is something that Latvia and Lithuania seek to follow,” said Reps.

The ministers came to conclusion that cooperation must be increased and share experiences even further. Estonia has also something to learn from Latvia and Lithuania, said Reps. “For example, the Lithuanian solutions to ensure young teachers or motivation package of teaching staff has given great results. But on the other hand, Latvia’s and Lithuania’s approach to set the minimum number of students per school or class is not transferrable to Estonia has it may decrease autonomy that is one of the founding pillars of Estonia’s successful education system.”

Additionally the discussions on the future of education and skills the development of curriculas, cooperation in international organizations, the internationalisation of higher education and joint participation in international projects were discussed.

The Meeting takes place every year in different Baltic State, the next meeting will take place in Latvia.

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