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Kyrgyz President called for developing multi-lingual education

(Xinhua)

13:54, November 29, 2011

BISHKEK. Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Kyrgyz transitional President Rosa Otunbayeva has called for being pragmatic in language studies and developing multi-lingual education in the republic on Monday.

"One cannot solve the problem of languages with political slogans. It is necessary to draft programs and to train teaching staff for working across the republic," she told an international conference on the language policy in education in Kyrgyzstan.

There are 80 ethnic groups in Kyrgyzstan, "and each of them thinks that its language is not given the full attention it deserves. Meanwhile, Kyrgyzs think that their language has not become the state language. The tongue problem is the core of many heated disputes and conflicts," she said.

The Kyrgyz language is studied at only 4 percent of nursery schools in Kyrgyzstan, she said.

"You want the Kyrgyz language to become the state language but that won't happen. You put forward slogans, but a lot must be done for changing the situation," she said in comment on the latest debates on the compulsory studies of the Kyrgyz language in the republic.

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