Government ready to back full Latvian language use in education

The coalition cooperation council meeting on September 23 discussed the National Alliance's proposal on the amendments to the Education Law and agreed that there should be a full transition to the Latvian language in all education levels, said the secretary general of the National Alliance Raivis Zeltits, reported the LETA newswire.

The Education and Science Ministry will now have to work on a suitable plan.

National Alliance's chairman Raivis Dzintars said that this is a very important agreement. "I would even say, it is an historic agreement," he said, adding that all five government parties have given the green light to the proposal.

Dzintars said that it is not yet clear when exactly the transition will be completed, but the National Alliance will work so that it is not postponed to the distant future.

The National Alliance has prepared legislative amendments, proposing that local government should ensure education programs in the Latvian language in all municipal pre-schools, including in minority pre-schools, if there is such a demand from parents. These amendments could serve as a transitional period for full transition to Latvian as the language of instruction.

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