Former Georgian President dissatisfied with English language dominance in country

Politics Materials 1 August 2011 13:24 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Tbilisi, Aug.1 / Trend, N. Kirtskhalia /

Numerous English language programs and its emphasis in Georgia poses a risk for the development of the native language, former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze told the "Asaval-Dasavali" weekly.

He said that education of the English language strengthens at the expense of the native language's demotion. "The state language must be protected from such threats", Shevardnadze said.

He said religion and language are the foundation of the nation. "Now both of these postulates are in danger. English will replace the native language, and a new law on religion infringes upon the rights of the Orthodox", he said.