Georgia reduced the number of Russian schools
From September 1, 2011 only 20 of 40 schools, where there have been groups that conducted studying in Russian language, remains in Georgia. According to "Trend" referring to the newspaper "Kommersant", this decision was taken by the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia. According to the head of office Dmitry Shashkin, the transfer of students to Georgian schools "will promote their integration into society". "There remain fewer of those who wish to study in Russian - "Kommersant" quoted the words of one of the teachers of 63rd school. - This year, we have teached only 12 children in Russian-speaking sector. Now they are transferred to other schools, where the Russian-language studying still remains".
As the main reason for the closure of Russian schools Ministry of Education called reduction of the number of those who want to learn in Russian. "Under the law, examinations in high schools shall be passed in the state language, which is Georgian. So, children choose Georgian to enter high school" - said in the ministry.
Ministry of Education has also denied a possible escalation of relations between Georgia and Russia over the Russian language.
"And what the Russians can demand? ... After all, in Moscow, where thousands of Georgians live, there is no school with the Georgian language teaching. There's only one school, where the Georgian language is taught as a subject. Meanwhile, in Georgia, two schools where all subjects are learning in Russian remain - the 207th and the 98th schools in Tbilisi. Nobody closes it. Only Russian-language sector of Georgia's schools is to be reduced" - noted in Ministry of Education.