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Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia

Valnu street 2, Riga

LV-1050, Latvia


Phone: +371 67226209

Fax: +371 67223905

E-mail: pasts@izm.gov.lv


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08:30.-17:00.

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In compliance to stipulations in the Law on Education, Law on General Education, Law on Vocational Education, Law on Higher Educational Establishments, Law on Scientific Activities, Law on Sports, Law on Official Language and Regulations of the Ministry of Education and Science (hereinafter “Ministry”) the Ministry is the leading state administration institution in the field of education and science, as well as in the fields of sports and official language policy, and it shall be responsible for the development of draft legislative acts regulating the relevant fields and draft policy planning documents, supervision of the implementation of the policy in the state administration institutions, agencies subordinated to the Ministry and capital companies, where the Ministry is a shareholder (hereinafter – institutions subordinated to the Ministry).

Supreme goal of the Ministry 

The Ministry ensures development and implementation of a policy in the fields of education, science, sports and state language promoting sustainable growth of welfare of the citizens of Latvia as educated, healthy, physically and mentally developed personalities and integrity of the society of Latvia.

The Ministry strengthens and ensures provision of information to the public, explanation of the adopted resolutions and the link with the society by means of implementing the best practice of the administration process and transparent principles of operation of the state administration.

The task of provision of information to the public, explanation of resolutions and ensuring the link with the society refers to all the directions of operation defined for the purpose of achieving the goal of the Ministry (programs).

The Ministry is implementing its goal by means of the Ministry operational programs.

Main tasks and operational directions of the Ministry

For the purpose of achieving its goal the Ministry implements operational programs in the following directions:

  • General management of implementation of the policy of education, science, sports and state language and composed measures;
  • Policy, quality and management of general education, values education and interests education;
  • Policy, quality and management of vocational education, continuing education and life-time education;
  • Policy, quality and management of higher education and scientific activities;
  • Sports policy and management;
  • Single state policy in youth field developing and implementation of youth policy organizing and coordinating;
  • State language policy and management.

Branches of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia: Education, Science, Sports, State Language, Youth Affairs

Direction: General management of implementation of the policy of education, science, sports, youth and state language and composed measures

Major tasks of the Ministry:

  • to ensure unified, good and efficient management of the fields of education, science, sports and state language, including the establishment of a good action policy and organisation of its fulfilment;
  • to ensure implementation of the policy initiatives affecting several fields under the Ministry responsibility.

Direction: Policy, quality and management of general education, values education and interests education

Major tasks of the Ministry:

  • to ensure the development of the national policy in the fields of preschool education, general basic education and general secondary education, including education of minorities, as well as specific types of general education – special education, social and pedagogic correctional education, as well as interests education and values education;
  • to ensure the implementation of the national policy in the above fields, including organisation of the work of social correctional educational establishments and special boarding school subordinated to the Ministry, as well as to ensure the work of pre-school educational, general basic educational, general secondary educational and interests educational establishments in cooperation with the founders of the relevant educational establishments.

Direction: Policy, quality and management of vocational education, continuing education and life-time education

Major tasks of the Ministry:

  • to ensure the development of the national policy in the field of vocational education, continuing education and life-time education;
  • to organise the work of the vocational educational establishments subordinated to the Ministry ensuring the quality and accessibility of their services.

Direction: Policy, quality and management of higher education and scientific activities

Major tasks of the Ministry:

  • to ensure the development of the national policy in the fields of higher education and scientific activities promoting the development of the knowledge society and knowledge economy in Latvia;
  • to ensure the implementation of the national policy in the fields of higher education and scientific activities.

Direction: Sports policy and management

Major tasks of the Ministry:

  • to develop the national sports policy with the aim to develop healthy, physically and mentally developed personalities;
  • to organise and coordinate successful implementation of the national sports policy.

Direction: Single state policy in youth field developing and implementation of youth policy organizing and coordinating

Major tasks of the Ministry:

  • to promote co-operation of public and municipal institutions, youth organizations and other entities involved in the youth work and provide unity of action in the state policy elaboration and implementation in the area connected with youth activities;
  • to co-ordinate and to organize system of measures for youth work in municipalities and provide methodological assistance to municipal institutions;
  • to co-ordinate and organize trainings and exchange of experience for people involved in youth work;
  • to develop international co-operation in youth field;
  • to promote young people and people involved in youth work access to information about youth rights, duties, possibilities and responsibility.

Direction: State language policy and management

Major tasks of the Ministry:

  • to develop the state language policy with the objective to strengthen the status of the Latvian language and ensure sustainable development of the language;
  • to organise the implementation of the state language policy, including provision for learning the state language, availability of international documents in the state language, by means of coordination of the implementation of the state language policy and encouraging multilingualism of the citizens of Latvia.

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