President Levits: Second language in schools should be EU official language

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On February 3, President of Latvia Egils Levits met with Minister for Education and Science Anita Muižniece at the Riga Castle. The meeting focused on school network reform in Daugavpils, and during the discussions Levits voiced the opinion that the learning of a second language in Latvian schools should concentrate on official European Union languages – which notably excludes Russian. 

"Latvia is a member of the European Union, we are a part of Europe’s culture and we share the same values as the EU. This should be adequately reflected in our school program," said President Levits.

According to the Presidential press service Minister Muižniece expressed support for the President’s proposal but underlined that it is very strongly linked to the availability of properly trained teachers.

"Daugavpils is one of those Latvian cities where the main focus should not be on strengthening of minority schools. It should rather focus on stronger integration into the Latvian community. I expect a plan from Daugavpils in the coming weeks that will offer sufficient details about restructuring of its school network and strengthening of the Latvian environment," said the Minister for Education and Science during the meeting.

Daugavpils and its surrounding districts are areas of Latvia in which Russian is the language spoken at home among large parts of the population.

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