Comments on: Latvia’s school language reform irks Russian minority https://www.euractiv.com/section/languages-culture/news/in-latvia-school-language-reform-irks-russian-minority/ EU news and policy debates across languages Wed, 05 Sep 2018 12:15:22 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 By: Vincent LetUnityBlossom https://www.euractiv.com/section/languages-culture/news/in-latvia-school-language-reform-irks-russian-minority/#comment-334990 Sat, 07 Jul 2018 12:10:15 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=news&p=1250791#comment-334990 I totally support Latvians. The Latvian is the state language, everyone in Latvia must speak in it.

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By: Johan Stavers https://www.euractiv.com/section/languages-culture/news/in-latvia-school-language-reform-irks-russian-minority/#comment-334835 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:54:48 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=news&p=1250791#comment-334835 ..so teaching in the National language is common practice…basically everywhere.

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By: Johan Stavers https://www.euractiv.com/section/languages-culture/news/in-latvia-school-language-reform-irks-russian-minority/#comment-334834 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:53:32 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=news&p=1250791#comment-334834 The Netherlands has a minority with their own language: Frisian.

In Frisia schools teach in Dutch but there is also Frisian as obligatory class (similar to English or German classes).

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By: Vidvuds Beldavs https://www.euractiv.com/section/languages-culture/news/in-latvia-school-language-reform-irks-russian-minority/#comment-334830 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 07:16:41 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=news&p=1250791#comment-334830 This is a much needed reform aimed at improving the quality of education for all students.
The reform not only affects the teaching of basic subjects in the national language of the country it is also resulting in the consolidation of schools in rural areas which have seen a significant exodus of people. The intent is to raise the salaries of teachers to retain excellent teachers in the system. Latvia’s per student investment is among the highest in Europe but the large number of schools with their administrative costs combined with the costs of maintaining a parallel Russian language school system has been a significant burden to the country. Teacher salaries are being increased and the expectation is that quality of education and educational outcomes will also be increasing.

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