Thursday, June 21, the Saeima adopted in the final reading amendments to the law on universities, which include a ban on teaching in Russian in private high schools and colleges.
Writes about this edition of Delfi.
The Ministry of education and science proposes to allow higher education institutions and colleges which offer programs of training language that does not meet the requirements of the law, to continue their implementation until the end of the accreditation period of programmes. However, after January 1, 2019 the admission of students on such programmes will not be allowed.
Under current law, in a foreign language are permitted to engage in training programs where necessary to achieve the objectives of learning (linguistic and cultural programs).
How explained to Agency LETA in the Ministry, the changes governing the use of languages in private universities follow the recently approved amendments to the law on education which provide for a gradual transition to teaching only in the state language in secondary school.
Now the law on universities regulates the use of languages in public institutions.
Training in higher educational institutions, as before, will be one of the languages of the EU. In state universities of Latvia learning EU languages is only possible in some cases for international students and programs provided for in the treaties on international cooperation. Foreign students is required to learn the Latvian language, if the training lasts longer than six months.
About one third of the students of private universities were in the past year in Russian.