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Latvian court calls legal Russian language ban in private schools

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Latvian court calls legal Russian language ban in private schools


15.11.2019

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The restriction of teaching the minority languages in Latvian private schools does not contradict the constitution. Such a verdict was issued by the Constitutional Court, according to RIA Novosti. According to the judges, the possibilities of teaching in the languages of national minorities remain, although to a limited extent.

Earlier it became known that the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia intended to transfer schooling into the Latvian language from the school year 2020/21. The initiative was also supported by parliamentarians and the President of Latvia, who called for thorough preparation for the transition.

The Russian-speaking population of Latvia, especially the parents of schoolchildren, criticized this law, noting that it would lead to a split in society and a decrease in the level of education in the country.

40% of the Russian-speaking population lives in Latvia, but Russian schools began to feel pressure from the state authorities immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union. For more than 20 years, laws have been enacted to tighten the position of Russian-language education in the country. Mass protests against the oppression of the Russian-speaking minority did not force the Latvian authorities to soften their policies.

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