In a repeat of a similar decision, the Cabinet today decided not to grant four secondary schools the right to continue teaching more than 40 percent in Russian at the taxpayers' expense.
It said there were no real obstacles keeping the the four Tallinn schools from switching at least partially to Estonian in grades 10-12. By law, public schools at the upper secondary level are required to teach at least 60 percent of subjects in Estonian.
Tallinn City Council had petitioned the government to allow a city center gymnasium, the Russian Lyceum, the Tõnismäe Science School and Haabersti Russian Upper Secondary School to continue to use Russian as the language of instruction.
It put in a similar petition two years ago, the year that schools were expected to make the transition. On that occasion, the Haabersti Russian Upper Secondary School was denied an exception.
Three of the four schools have received close to 100,000 in special funding to help them make the transition to the language requirements, out of a total of 371,014 euros allocated by the Education Ministry to the Tallinn Education Department.