Up to 80% of Kazakhstan people speak Kazakh – the Culture Ministry
The share of the adult population that know Kazakh, Russian and English made up 22.3%.
In 2017, the proportion of the population that know the official language was 83.1%, Minister of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan Arystanbek Mukhamediuly at a meeting of the Government, BNews.kz correspondent reports.
“Following the annual research of knowledge of the official language among the population, that demonstrates a positive dynamic, in 2017, that proportion of the population that know the official language was 83.1%, and in 2016 the figure was much less. The proportion of the adult population that know the tree languages was 22.3%,” the Minister said.
He also noted that in order to implement the project of the organization of training of civil servants as part of the promotion of trilingualism, a memorandum of mutual trust with the Academy of Public Management under the President of Kazakhstan was signed.
“As part of the project, in 2017 610 civil servants of central executive bodies passed the courses of the official language. Also, 89 regional centres to study the official language operate in the republic,” Mukhamediuly said.
According to the Minister, in order to define the level of knowledge of the official language, the total number of those who passed the tests on knowledge of the official language in 2017 was 94 458.
“In the previous year, as part of the state program, 17 children’s literature, 14 dictionaries, 14 scientific and educational, 16 study guides were published and sold. Also, it is planned to broadcast a 15-series animated movie “Soz kazynasy” on the Balapan TV-channel, that focuses on the development of speaking and thinking capabilities of children,” the head of the Ministry said.
We note that following 2017, the proportion of workflow in the official language comprised 92%. According to the Ministry of Information and Communications, the proportion of the content of the media in Kazakh was 72%.