New language law claims 26 teachers' jobs

  • 1999-01-14
  • Anastasia Styopina
RIGA - For a few teachers in Russian-language schools, 1999 did not get off to a good start. At least 26 will lose their jobs by the end of January because they are not fluent in Latvian.But most who were required to prove their proficiency in the state language did so well enough to keep working.The Education Ministry had required all Russian school teachers to posssess a sound command of the state language by Jan. 1 or risk termination."Fewer than 100 teachers failed to pass the highest proficiency Latvian test. That is progress," said Education Minster Janis Gaigals. "Less than 1 percen...
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