von George Cyros
Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev Wednesday set out a timeline for the ex-Soviet country to switch from Cyrillic letters to the Latin alphabet. In an article published in the state-owned Egemen Kazakhstan newspaper he called for the government to begin “preparatory work” and “create a schedule” for the switch. “By the end of 2017, after consultation with academics and representatives of the public, a single standard for the new Kazakh alphabet and script should be developed,” Nazarbayev wrote. “From 2018, [Kazakhstan] must train specialists to teach the new alphabet and produce textbooks for secondary schools,” Nazarbayev added. He has said in the past that the country should switch to the Latin alphabet by 2025. Russian enjoys an official constitutional status and Nazarbayev uses it along with Kazakh in speeches.