RIGA - When classes begin in Latvia on Sept. 1, certain teachers, and not students, will be put on probation. Russian language teachers who have not yet shown proficiency in Latvian will be able to continue teaching for this year if they make an effort to learn the language. In 1996, Latvia passed a rule that requires teachers in Russian language schools to have an advanced knowledge of Latvian by Sept.1, 1998 or risk losing their jobs. Despite this mandate, and the fact that 800 teachers have not passed the test yet, the majority of teachers will be going back to school come September."We ...
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