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Ušakovs in Washington criticizes Latvian government’s plans for national minority schools

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During this official visit to Washington, USA, Mayor of Riga and leader of Harmony Nils Ušakovs discussed matters associated with Latvian government’s plans for national minority schools, saying, among other things, that the reform in regards to use of language in schools creates serious risks for internal stability.

Ušakovs visited USA as the leader of political party Harmony.
 

He met with American politicians and discussed with them matters associated with Latvian government’s plan to transition to education only in Latvian language. «I voiced my opinion as the party’s leader and Mayor of Riga – the school reform creates serious risks for internal stability and Latvia’s security and is considered a political provocation,» said Ušakovs.
 

The mayor met with Senator Lindsey Graham and first Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte. He also attended meetings at the National Security Council, US Congress and US Department of State.
 

As it is known, Latvia’s Cabinet of Ministers has supported Education and Science Ministry’s report on transition to education only in state language.
 

The ministry’s proposal provides that the reform in national minority schools will be realized in the 2021/2022, making sure pre-school education process is bilingual, education process in primary schools (1st to 6th grade) is available in three bilingual models, 80% of education process in 7th-9th grade is provided in Latvian language, and 10th-12th grade education is performed entirely in Latvian language.
 

It is planned to reach this result gradually.

BNN/LETA

22-12-2017
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