[lg policy] One of the most sensitive issues in Kyrgyzstan is educational language policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jun 22 14:55:43 UTC 2011

Roza Otunbayeva: One of the most sensitive issues in Kyrgyzstan is
educational language policy
21/06-2011 09:08 , Bishkek , 24.kg news agency , by Anastasia BENGARD

“One of the most sensitive issues in Kyrgyzstan is educational
language policy,” president for transitional period Roza Otunbayeva
stated today at the regional conference “Promotion of minorities’
rights in Central Asia – is effective participation in social life.”

According to her, this problem causes contradictory emotional
statements. “Unfortunately, the Kyrgyz language has not get on to feet
yet. In some measure it is in humiliated condition: there are not
enough books and people who want to learn state language confront with
many problems,” Roza Otunbayeva said. “Language is a consolidating
unit. We will develop state platform for multilingualism. We should
seek to Kyrgyz become unific language, the language of agreement and

Upon that the head of the state noted that the situation should not be
politicized. “Parents have the right to choose the future for their
children. But we should know Russian as well. Nobody humiliates and
takes away official language from large national minorities. But I
will stress that we should look at Kyrgyz in a new way,” concluded
Roza Otunbayeva.

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