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Pro-Russian activists doubt chances of Russian-speaking pupils to pass exams well

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The Pro-Russian-leaning Human Rights Committee of Latvia (HRCL) doubts chances of native Russian-speakers to learn the state language of Latvia and to pass exams well.

The HRCL stated that having analysed the draft Cabinet of Ministers’ regulation, which sets forth waiving the right to choose the language, in which to answer in school examinations and based on a UN report on minority group right issues, the planned amendments would place representatives of minority groups in an unfavoured position.

In addition, the organisation believes, they would be disproportionally denied from the chance to enrol at a higher education institution.

The HRCL plans to submit its research to the Latvian government and international human rights bodies.

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  1. don't understand this says:

    If they live in Latvia they should speak Latvian. If they don’t speak Latvian (the language of the country they live in) how could they expect to be
    prepared to go to university there? Latvians who fled after WWII had to learn
    English quickly. Some were 13 or 15 years old when they got to the US
    from Germany refugee camps and they went to university in a few years’ time.
    Many went to some of the best universities.

    The Russians in Latvia can move to Russia if they like or stay in Latvia if
    they choose but they cannot turn Latvia into Russia or insist that the Latvians
    accommodate their desire to live in Latvia because life is better than in
    Russia but impose on the Latvians the burden of an ongoing secondary
    culture which began with a 50-year occupation. The Latvians have been very patient but it’s been 26 years since Latvia regained its independence. Come on! In the US people celebrate their ethnic origin on special days — St. Patrick’s Day for the Irish, for example, but English is the only official language and everyone is American.

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