“Concept on Granting a New Status to the Russian Language at Schools: Possible Risks and Concerns”
26.09.2017
11:00
On September 11, the RA Ministry of Education and Science submitted a draft concept of teaching Russian language in educational institutions implementing general education programs in the Republic of Armenia.

The main directions of the Russian Language Teaching System, basic principles, the observation on main problems, principles and objectives are presented in this concept.

The publication of the draft received a great deal of feedback on the media and social networks where the RA Ministry of Education and Science was criticized for such an initiative and was called to abandon it.

The speakers participating in the discussion entitled “Concept on Granting a New Status to the Russian Language at Schools: Possible Risks and Concerns” at Media Center on September 26 presented their remarks and proposals on the concept.

Ashot Bleyan, Chairman of Educational Complex after Mkhitar Sebastatsi, wonders why the Russian language appeared in the agenda of state officials and became a subject of public debate.

“There has not been such a demand from the society. If they did, how was it expressed? Did they do demonstrations, walk out on the streets, write letters? What did they do?” the speaker said, adding that the initiative itself is illogical.

“A foreign language itself cannot have any status. There is a native language with its status as defined by law as a general education language and there are foreign languages as learning subjects.”

Avetik Mejlumyan, Research Coordinatorat Institute of Public Policy, speaking about the drawbacks of the concept, said:

“The main risk is the existence of such a separated concept. There is no risk in the concept but in a separated approach, there is no need to highlight the Russian language without any justification as there is already a foreign language teaching concept,” the expert added. “There are even contradictions, for example, it is stated in the Foreign Language Concept that the principle of language conveyance should be maintained, a common approach should be delivered to teaching foreign languages. But if it is a common approach, why is Russian separated?”

Davit Sanasaryan, Public Figure, says that the issue is, first of all, political.

“They want to invest that addictive thinking in children that if you want to get a good education, you should learn the most advanced Russian language.” In his opinion, such an approach is not justified because the western educational model is considered competitive throughout the world, and in this case, it becomes unclear why the Russian language is separated.

The latter thinks that the general education system needs to be completely reformed because it does not meet the modern requirements. 

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Derenik Malkhasyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”

To contact the author please send an email to derenikmalkhasian@gmail.com.

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