[lg policy] Russian, but not English still remains an international language for Kyrgyzstan

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 29 14:39:08 UTC 2011

Russian, but not English still remains an international language for Kyrgyzstan

- Roza Otunbayeva
28/11-2011 09:41, Bishkek – 24.kg news agency , by Tolgonai OSMONGAZIEVA

“Russian, but not English still remains an international language for
Kyrgyzstan,” the president for transitional period Roza Otunbayeva
stated at today’s conference “Language policy in Kyrgyzstan’s
education: analysis of the situation, the prospects of multilingual

According to her, the Kyrgyz, Russian, Uzbek languages have the equal
correlation in the republic. “They say much about the necessity to
learn languages. Now there is a problem with publication of textbooks
on the exact sciences. The textbooks have been already created, but
they should be published. It is not a secret that provision of
textbooks in schools is low - 41 percent. It’s a disaster. If a child
does not have a textbook, then what kind of education can be
discussed?” asked Roza Otunbayeva.

She stressed that all who have relation to education sphere must take
part in the issues of language education of population. “People must
understand that knowing many languages they can earn much more. Many
Kyrgyz citizens make business in neighboring countries. This means
that first of all they should learn their languages. For example,
people speak many languages in European little countries. They do not
have linguistic chauvinism and dictatorship. It is important the
population of the republic’s south knows both Kyrgyz, and Uzbek,” said
the president for transitional period.

She noted that there are politicians who “raise the temperature in the
society to the limit” using a language issue. “We should consider
language issues and language policy very carefully,” Roza Otunbayeva

URL: http://eng.24.kg/community/2011/11/28/21732.html

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