69% of Children in Tatarstan Chose to Study Tatar Language
In Tatarstan, the poll was conducted on the new ‘’Education act’’ of the Russian Federation which has not been ratified yet.
State Duma's Tatar deputy Ilidar Gilmutdinov said that in the Republic of Tatarstan, 69 per cent of students have chosen Tatar language as their native to study, while 29% of the students preferred to study Russian.
According to the new law, which has not been approved, in all schools of Russia, Russian will be taught as mother tongue and national republics languages as electives. With this decision, in the republics the native language will be taught two hours a week at elementary schools.
These amendments were adopted based on complaints from some parents about the compulsory teaching of non-native language to children in national states.
However, this new law "On Education" caused a wide public discussion among the national republics of Russia.