RIGA, Feb 8 (LETA) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin dislike the Latvian education reform aimed at making Latvian the sole language of instruction in schools, Latvian Education and Science Minister Karlis Sadurskis (Unity) told the press following the parliament's decision to send the relevant draft legislative amendments to the committees for review.Sadurskis said it was important that every high school graduate in Latvia would speak, write and read Latvian and think in the Latvian language, thus avoiding any barriers in their future lives. "It is extremely naive to think that, having been schooled separately, our youngsters would afterwards live in a consolidated society," the Latvian education minister said, adding that, under the current education arrangements, youngsters of ethnic minorities do not get properly introduced to the Latvian values. There must be a universal system of shared values in a country otherwise much energy gets wasted on smoothing out the contradictions, he said. Sadurskis said the education reform would help to consolidate Latvia's population, largely reducing the share of the population open to the Kremlin propaganda, and this was the reason why Putin and the Kremlin disliked the reform so much. As reported, the Latvian parliament today decided to send the draft legislative amendments about starting gradual transition to Latvian as the sole language of instruction in schools on September 1, 2019, to the committees for revision. The reform is to be implemented gradually from September 1, 2019, to September 1, 2021.
Published: 08.02.2018 12:38