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At today’s sitting, the Riigikogu did not support the draft Resolution submitted by the Conservative People’s Party Faction and the Centre Party Faction, which would have made a proposal to the Government of the Republic to conduct an in-depth analysis and auditing of the current language learning system.

The submitters of the draft Resolution wished to ascertain the reasons why language learning has so far not yielded the expected results. It was also intended to make a proposal to improve the unsatisfactory situation in the teaching of Estonian by using the necessary measures.

In the opinion of the representative of the submitters of the draft Resolution Mihhail Stalnuhhin, the draft Resolution is not political. “The development of new teaching aids will have to be taken under control. Also, every effort must be made to ensure teaching aids for every family where Estonian is learnt on the basis of another language. In Estonia, Russian is commonly the background language. People will have to be given the possibility to receive free consultation or free information at any time on their computers or on smartphones,” Stalnuhhin said.

The Chairman of the Cultural Affairs Committee Laine Randjärv gave an overview of the language learning system and the studies conducted. Randjärv said that the Cultural Affairs Committee agreed to Stalnuhhin’s proposal to form a working group of the factions of the Riigikogu who would work through the language learning issues apolitically.

Viktoria Ladõnskaja, who took the floor on behalf of the Pro Patria and Res Publica Union Faction during the debate, agreed with the need for an analysis of the current language learning system. In her opinion, the measures for the resolution of the problem cannot be decided upon before an analysis has been completed.

Krista Aru said in the debate that the Free Party Faction supports the draft Resolution despite its shortcomings.

Mihhail Stalnuhhin also took the floor on behalf of the Centre Party Faction and stressed the need for an analysis of the language learning system.

29 members of the Riigikogu voted in favour of the Draft Resolution of the Riigikogu “Making a Proposal to the Government of the Republic” (219 OE). As a majority vote of the members of the Riigikogu was needed for the Resolution to be passed, the Resolution was not passed.

Verbatim record of the sitting (in Estonian) 

Video recordings of the sittings of the Riigikogu can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/riigikogu

(NB! The recording will be uploaded with a delay.)

Riigikogu Press Service
Kati Varblane
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