Kazakhstan is going to switch to the Latin alphabet by the end of this year
Although Kazakhstan’s president Nursultan Nazarbaev previously ordered to switch to the Latin alphabet by 2025, apparently, the process is hastened. Kazakhstan plans to switch to a single standard Latin alphabet of Kazakh language by the end of 2017, Erlan Sadagaev, Minister of Education, informed, Tengrinews.kz reports. “Regarding the transition to the Latin alphabet. It is very important project. We must be careful and not make a mistake. The only thing we must do this year is to accept an alphabet acceptable for everyone. To prepare several versions, discuss them, accept one alphabet and then to develop a schedule for transition to the Latin alphabet. A special commission is established and in process”, the Minister said. Previously, on June 23, head of the state Nursultan Nazarbaev stated that there is no reason to delay the process of transition of the Kazakh language to the Latin alphabet. Nazarbaev said, “We started it to fix all this. Transition of the Kazakh language to the Latin alphabet will consolidate us. I have set a deadline to 2025, but I think there is no reason to delay this process”.
Turkiston: Kazakhstan and some Central Asian republics are still under Russia’s cultural influence, while Russia’s own cultural and educational system based on the Cyrillic alphabet is disintegrating. Russia’s domestic educational system is behind the global educational system for many years. Therefore, high state officials send their children to the West for education. The Russian system of education is nearing its final destruction. So, Nazarbaev’s moves are based on solid concerns. Russia is rolling into the abyss. It can entail all its colonial dependent countries. A country becomes politically, economically, or military dependent from a foreign state because of this state’s cultural “occupation” of that country. Conversely, liberation from political, economic, and military dependence is possible only after liberation from cultural influence of a foreign country. Therefore, Nazarbaev is taking correct decision as transition of the Kazakh language to the Latin alphabet will significantly weaken the Russian cultural influence in Kazakhstan.