As reported by Interfax, authorities of Kazakhstan decided to switch the Kazakh alphabet from Cyrillic to Latin.
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced that the government had been instructed to create a timetable for the transition of the alphabet.
As Nazarbayev wrote in an article published in newspaper Egemen Kazakhstan, the united standard of the new Kazakh alphabet, based on Latin, is planned to be developed by the end of 2017.
“Starting from 2018 we need to prepare specialists to teach the new alphabet, and to print textbooks for secondary schools. In the next two years it is necessary to perform organizational and methodological work,” added the head of the state.
Nazarbayev noted that during a transitional period Cyrillic alphabet will be used in Kazakhstan along with the Latin.
Earlier Cyrillic alphabets were abandoned by such former USSR members as Azerbaijan, Moldova, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.