Date: Sep 12, 2007
Title: School education in Kazakhstan must be trilingual – President Nazarbayev
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev once again emphasized the importance of trilingual education in schools.
“As you know I have already spoken in favour of trilingualism. Any Kazakh student must be able to speak three languages: Kazakh as state language, Russian as language for everyday communication and English. Ability to speak more foreign languages is a plus,” President told school pupils on 3 September during an interactive lesson.
President Nazarbayev cited Switzerland which has four official languages as an example of multilingual culture.
President Nazarbayev promised that particular attention will be paid to the development of the Kazakh language. “All government agencies and offices, the whole educational system of Kazakhstan will be gradually switching to the Kazakh language,” he said. The Kazakh youth “must strive to learn the state language from the kindergarten and school,” President added.
“At the same time we shall not forget the Russian language and try to learn other foreign languages,” Nazarbayev said. “We shall support and preserve all languages”.