The authorities of Kazakhstan have canceled the study of three languages at once for first graders from the new academic year. About it informed Minister of Education Askhat Aimagambetov.
According to the official, from the first grade, children will only learn Kazakh, because in order to learn Russian and English, they first need to learn to read and write in their native language. He noted that it is difficult for first-graders to learn three languages at once.
“From the second grade, the study of the Russian language will begin as a separate discipline, and from the third grade, English will be studied for all schools,” Aimagambetov said at a government meeting on Tuesday.
At the same time, two subjects will remain in the program of first and second grade students studying in Russian – Russian and Kazakh, and children will also start learning English in the third grade, the Ministry of Education of Kazakhstan told Interfax.
Previously, schoolchildren in Kazakhstan started learning three languages from the first grade: Russian, Kazakh and English. Learning English from the first grade appeared in 2012.
In August, the authorities of Kazakhstan denied the information that within 6-7 years the country intends to cancel classes in Russian. The material about this was aired on 31 TV channels. “Both in the classes with the Kazakh language of instruction, and in the classes with the Russian language of instruction, the Russian language continues to be studied in the same mode, there are no other plans,” told First Vice Minister of Education Sholpan Karinova.