Kazakh president calls on not to refuse multilingualism
Kazakhstan, Astana, October 20/ Trend D.Mukhtarov /
Kazakhstan's president Nursultan Nazarbayev believes that it is necessary to develop the Kazakh language and not to refuse the study of other languages.
"Currently the Kazakhs make over 70 per cent and the Kazakh speaking regions should go to Kazakh office work. We have regions where there are few Kazakh speaking people; we should maintain bilingualism in these regions. But there are also Kazakh speaking people in these regions with predominantly Kazakh population. We can carry out the Kazakh office work in these regions too," the president said speaking at the XV congress of the "Nur Otan" party on Friday.
According to him, there should be created conditions for studying the state language in all akimats (regional executive body of Kazakhstan).
"We shouldn't say that "we will develop only our language, our culture. We must keep up with the times," Nazarbayev said.
He cited the example of India, Singapore and Malaysia, which eventually came to the conclusion that they shouldn't refuse the English language.
"The knowledge of three languages, bringing up, training of the youth so that they knew three languages I believe is right, because it is the order of time, our geographical position requires this," the president said.
According to Nazarbayev, it is possible that in the future people in Kazakhstan will try to speak the Chinese language if technologies come from China. If all the knowledge and technologies come from Russia, then Kazakhs should also know the Russian language.
"In order to keep up with the times, we should keep the Russian language in our country as one of the six world languages; this serves to the prosperous future of our people," the president said.