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Russian language from Georgian textbooks2009-10-08 14:00
Multinational Georgia is gradually getting rid of non-Georgian speaking schools as envisaged by the education reform initiated at the time of Minister Alexander Lomaya, now dismissed. Russians, Armenians and Azerbaijanis get integrated into society with the help of Georgian textbooks even if it's their native language.
Within the framework of the education reform an experiment was held in a number of non-Georgian speaking schools (Russian, Armenian, Azerbaijani) of Tbilisi and some regions. History, geography and biology were introduced in the Georgian language and by Georgian curricula.
The experiment was considered a success. All the more so that the subject textbooks published in Georgia were well compiled and comprehensible to non-Georgian speakers.
Now non-Georgian speakers study these subjects both in Russian and Georgian. The language is at pupils' choice. Most of the schoolchildren prefer the state language.
The trouble is that now there are educational aids whose quality leaves much to be desired.
Besides the Education Ministry is going to switch the Russian-speaking sector over to the textbooks by Georgian authors including Russian language textbooks.
"Textbooks in Russian "poison minds" of young Georgian citizens. Many of them contain Moscow's mayor Yuri Luzhkov's words of welcome and we all know what kind of person he is", - a teacher specified in a private talk with GeorgiaTimes correspondent.
Administration of this school mopped up classrooms tearing Luzhkov's speech out of the books.
Officials are generally dissatisfied with the textbooks published in Russia. As a result already this year some first-graders were forced to learn Russian by abecedaries complied in Georgia.
The quality of this education is seen from this example: each lesson in a Russian language textbook for 7th grade for Georgian-speaking schools is divided into the following chapters: Writing and Talking (!!!)
There is one more fact: a Russian language teacher in the Georgian sector of one of the schools is sure that Russian words ball, ray and pencil are spelled with soft sign. And a pupil who wrote these words without "ь" was given an unsatisfactory mark.
Another teacher in a different school examined a Russian dictation putting 10 points (the excellent mark) and a motivating smart-of-you comment regardless of numerous mistakes.