Today in Ukimet Uyi, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev chaired the first meeting of the National Commission on the transition of the Kazakh alphabet into Latin script.

The National Commission is a consultative and advisory body under the Government, its main goal and task is to prepare and approve proposals for transitioning the Kazakh alphabet into Latin script, coordinate and, monitor the quality of work performance.

The Commission consists of Chairman Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Deputy Chairman – Deputy Prime Minister E. Dossaev, as well as representatives of the President’s Executive Office, the Nur Otan Party, the Parliament, higher education institutions, mass media, public organizations, famous scientists and public figures. The Commission’s working body is the Ministry of Culture and Sport.

"The transition to the Latin alphabet is a special historical event for our country," – Bakytzhan Sagintayev said, - “As the Head of State notes, for the first time in its centuries-old history, Kazakhstan without any external influences changes the alphabet on its own initiative and the will of the people. The successful implementation of this task is of great importance and we are faced with great responsibility.”

Reports on the main directions of work on transitioning to the Latin script were made by Deputy Minister of Culture and Sport A. Raimkulova, Minister of Education and Science Y. Sagadiyev, Minister of Finance B. Sultanov. Opinions on this issue were also shared by Deputy Prime Minister E. Dossaev, First Deputy Chairman of the Nur Otan Party M. Kul-Muhammed, Minister of Religious Affairs and Civil Society N. Yermekbayev, Director of the A. Baitursynov Institute of Linguistics Y. Kazhybek, Doctor of philological sciences, professor, Head of the Abai Kazakh National University T. Ayapova.

The transition of the Kazakh alphabet into Latin script before 2025 is planned to be carried out in stages. The first stage: 2018-2020, the second: 2021-2023, the third: 2024-2025.

The National Commission will especially control the issues of approbation, training of the teaching corps, the creation of a regulatory framework and, in general, the process of introducing the new alphabet into practice.

During the meeting, a decision was made to create four special working groups to implement the set tasks.

The first working group will focus on spelling (for the development of the rules of spelling and orthoepy of the Kazakh alphabet into Latin script).

The second working group is for methodical issues (for the development of methods of teaching, learning, and their gradual introduction into the educational system).

The third - terminological (for the systematization of the terminological fund of the Kazakh language on the basis of Latin script).

The fourth one is expert and technical (for adapting Latin script to IT technologies).

The work in the groups will involve professional specialists of relevant branches of linguistics.

Published: 16 November 2017



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