Inter-School Convention with Estonia (excerpts), 1934

Article 1

Estonia shall open and maintain primary schools for children of Latvian origin, irrespective of religion, and Latvia shall open and maintain primary schools for children of Estonian origin, irrespective of religion, if the number of children from 8 to 15 years of age required to attend those compulsory primary schools is not less than 15 within the boundaries of a commune or 20 within the boundaries of several neighboring communes together.

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Article 3

If the number of pupils of Latvian origin in an Estonian school, or the number of pupils of Estonian origin in a Latvian school is less than the number indicated in Article 1 as required for the opening of a school, but more than 9, the mother-tongue of those pupils shall, on the request of their parents, be taught to them as a special subject.

Children whose parents are of different origin shall attend the school chosen by their parents. Should the parents not be agreed on the choice of the school, the father shall decide.

Article 4

The schools mentioned in Article 1 shall be opened, at the request of the parents or guardians, by the State or by the communes (urban or rural), in accordance with the present Convention.

These schools shall be maintained and provided with all the necessary equipment by the communes or by the State. The salaries of the teaching staff in these schools shall be paid on the basis and in the order laid down in the laws relating to the primary schools of the respective States.

If rural primary schools are attended by children domiciled at a distance exceeding 3 kilometres, the Contracting Parties shall open boarding-houses or make the necessary grants for the hire and upkeep of premises to be used as school boarding-houses.

Article 5

The appointment of teachers, the performance of their duties, and their dismissal shall be governed by the laws in force in the respective States.

Persons who have acquired the right to teach in primary schools in Latvia shall enjoy that right in Latvian primary schools in Estonia, and persons who have acquired the right to teach in primary schools in Estonia shall enjoy that right in Estonian primary schools in Latvia.

Teachers who are nationals of the other Contracting Party shall be allowed to teach in the schools, subject to the consent of the Minister of Education.

Teacher giving instructions in the schools of the other Contracting Party, as provided in the present Convention, shall enjoy in that State, irrespective of nationality, the right to a pension in conformity with the pension regulations in force in that State; in such cases, the length of service in the schools of the other State shall be taken into consideration.

The pension shall be paid by the State in which the teacher is giving instruction at the time of his retirement.

In the event of the pensioner’s death, the members of his family shall become entitled to the pension.

Article 6

Instruction in the schools mentioned in Articles 1 and 8 of this Convention shall be given in the mother-tongue of the pupils, and the teaching staff shall consist of teachers of the same origin as the pupils and speaking their mother-tongue. The heads of these schools must have a knowledge of the Estonian and Latvian languages.

The language of the State shall be taught as a compulsory subject, beginning with the third school year.

The curricula shall be drawn up in accordance with the laws and regulations in force in the State concerned.

These curricula shall also include the history and geography of the other Contracting Party.

Article 7

Should parents domiciled in the territory of either Contracting State wish to send their children to school using their mother-tongue, situated in the territory of the other State, no obstacle shall be placed in their way by either Party.

Article 8

If the number of children originating in one of the Contracting Parties, domiciled in the territory of the other and wishing to join the first class of the secondary school, is not less than thirty, the Ministry of Education of the State of domicile of such children shall, at the request of the parents or guardians, make arrangements for the opening of a secondary school in which the teaching shall be given in the mother-tongue of those children.

The funds necessary for the maintenance of these schools shall be granted in each of the Contracting States in accordance with the laws and regulations in force.

Article 9

As regards school fees, the citizens of the two Contracting States shall enjoy equality of treatment in all the educational establishments in Latvia and Estonia.

Article 10

Schools opened for children of Latvian origin in Estonia and for children of Estonian origin in Latvia may not be closed, unless during two consecutive years the number of pupils in those schools is below the minimum laid down in this Convention.

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Document data: 17.02.1934 Link: http://www.worldlii.org/int/other/LNTSer/1934/151.html

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