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Bakytzhan Sagintayev holds a meeting of the National Commission on converting the Kazakh alphabet to the Latin script

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Today in Ukimet Uyi, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev held a meeting of the National Commission on converting the Kazakh alphabet to Latin script.

During the meeting, reports were heard about the work of the spelling, methodological, terminological working groups, as well as the working group for technical and information support. The meeting participants also considered the Action Plan for the phased transition of the Kazakh alphabet to the Latin script until 2025 and the spelling rules for the new version of the alphabet.

The Head of State made changes to the decree On the transition of the Kazakh alphabet from the Cyrillic script to the Latin script. The new version received support from the public, linguists and took into account the recommendations of the members of the Commission. Now, in accordance with the President’s instruction, it is necessary to continue working in this direction, � Bakytzhan Sagintayev said.

Reports on the main focuses of work on switching the alphabet were made by Minister of Culture and Sport A. Mukhamediuly, Minister of Information and Communication D. Abayev, Minister of Education and Science Y. Sagadiyev, Director of the RSE A. Baitursynov Institute of Linguistics Y. Kazhybek. The discussion also saw participation of First Deputy Chairman of the Nur Otan Party M. Ashimbayev, Deputy Prime Minister E. Dossaev, Head of the Internal Policy Department of the Executive Office of the President A. Balayeva, Chairman of the RTRC Kazakhstan Y. Karin, and others.

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

The Commission, chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, consists of Deputy Chairman � Deputy Prime Minister E. Dossaev, as well as representatives of the Executive Office of the President, the Nur Otan Party, the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan, universities, mass media, public organizations, famous scientists and public figures.

The conversion of the Kazakh alphabet into Latin script before 2025 is supposed to be carried out in stages.

The first stage covers the years 2018-2020. During this period, preparatory work and measures will be carried out to improve the regulatory legal framework. It includes the development of spelling rules for the new Kazakh alphabet on the basis of the Latin script, an application for converting text into the Latin script.

The second stage is 2021-2023. Organizational and methodological activities will be carried out during this period. Seminars and lectures, courses with the involvement of philologists and linguists will be organized to train teachers of centers and adults. Passports, identity cards of citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan and other documents in the state language will be issued in the Latin script.

The third stage 2024-2025. It includes translation of the documents of local and central state bodies, state media and state printed publications into Latin script (in stages). Also includes the phased transition of the workflow of education organizations to the Latin schedule.

Spelling, methodical, terminological, and technical and information support working groups were also created with the involvement of experts in the field of linguistics and IT:

The spelling working group develops the rules of orthography and orthoepy of the Kazakh language in the Latin script.

The methodical working group develops methods of teaching and learning, as well as their gradual introduction into the educational system.

The terminological working group is designed to systematize the terminological fund of the Kazakh language on the basis of the Latin script.

The Working Group on Technical and Information Support will work to adapt the Latin script to information technologies and spaces.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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