The Aluksne region is currently working in a working group that will soon give its vision on networking the network of educational institutions in the region. It is already clear that secondary schools will only be in Aluksne, while the national secondary school in Liepna will be a primary school from the next school year.
Liene Stabinga, Liepāja, director of the high school, talks about how the school started the last school year as a high school, pointed out that there is already a smaller number of school children, currently there are 65 pupils in school and 7 in secondary education.
"The number of pupils in primary school is decreasing, so the pupil who wants to stay in high school is also less," says Stabinga.
The director also estimated that although it is difficult to realize that there will be no further education in the next school year, they must be realistic and understand that small rural secondary schools do not always have the opportunities that large schools have.
"I do not want to say that we can not achieve quality with a very small number of students, but from the point of view we see that competition in life must be maintained, how quickly we start training … For students, I think, you can choose a profession Rather, I am with those educators who believe that children should be allowed to fly, lift their wings and conquer the world, "Stabinga emphasized.
With the closure of the Liepna Secondary School in the following year, secondary schools will only be located in the center of the county in Aluksne – the district secondary school and the Ernsta Glika Aluksne State Gymnasium. These two schools are currently undergoing and are still undergoing major repairs.
Our school gets very, very large, beautiful rooms, equipment, whiteboards, interactive things that are completely inevitable, necessary for the study process.
Ilze Liviņa, director of high school in Aluksne, told about what the school would receive after a repair, and acknowledged that she is currently ready to receive more students in the training base if the number of schools in the province is reduced.
"We are ready for this, because we are also the only school in the district that carries out a competence project, a higher, broader, more extensive and not just book-based educational process, because it can only be purchased for a larger number of students, for some pupils It can not be bought, even for chemistry, physics, it's all expensive, all of these materials used in laboratory work are all precious pleasures, "Livina admitted.
Reorganisations in schools are a very sensitive issue in the districts and often the heads of local authorities are anxious and insecure about accepting these unpopular decisions. But Arūks Dukulis (ZZS), chairman of the Alūksne Regional Council, asked if he was not afraid of a reaction, stressing that the organization of the school network is first and foremost necessary to know in which educational institutions they are investing, to make them truly up-to-date. date and time-consuming.
"When we talk about small rural schools, exactly those that have been built as historical schools, always say that – my grandmother studied at this school, then I ask the question that I would not want to be proud of sitting in almost the same bench as my grandmother, I think I deserve something better, "Dukulis said.
But as the main arrangement of the school network, the district Aluksne evaluates the benefits for students, because at this time, when they study in combined classes or in classes where there are only a few children, after which they continue their studies and from these greenhouse conditions to a large collective, has this student often have a great experience.
Currently, the network of schools is also being evaluated and analyzed by the working group based in the region.
"If we currently have 10 schools and then look at all these processes objectively, we can stay in four schools in 2021/2022", the head of the city council acknowledged.
The assessment of the regional educational institutions working group and their future will be presented in October.