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Private colleges in Latvia banned to teach in Russian
"Latvia is our common home, we want to study in mother tongue"
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Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis approved amendments to the current legislation banning private educational institutions from teaching in the Russian language, TASS informs.
Students will not be able to sign in to the Russian-language programs starting next year. Nevertheless, those already studying will have an opportunity to get a diploma.
Note that the largest oppositional part Concord defending the rights of the Russian-speaking minority appealed to the President of Latvia not to sign the law.
Heads of some universities and civil organizations have also asked the head of state not to sign the bill banning teaching the Russian language in private secondary educational institutions of Latvia.
In their opinion, the amendments to the legislation will have negative aftermath for the Republic. They will affect country’s budget, as educational export has turned into an important economic branch. Thousands of foreign students getting education in Latvia input millions of euros to the country’s budget.
As the Russkiy Mir Foundation has advised earlier, despite numerous protests of the Russian-speaking population of the Republic, the Latvian President confirmed reorganization annihilating the school education in the Russian language. Public figures, representatives of the community and international experts are sure that this infringes rights of the Russian-speaking population of the republic, which contradicts the rights of national minorities.