Whilst the share of children attending Russian-language pre-schools has decreased from 23% to 15% from 2008–2020, the decrease in the share of basic school students learning in Russian has been slower: their number has dropped from 19% to 16% over the same period of time.
INSTRUCTION LANGUAGE PREFERENCES
The biggest group of Estonians (82%) prefer pre-schools that only use the Estonian language and the biggest group of residents of other nationalities (37%) prefer two-way language immersion.
The first preference of approximately one-third of people of other nationalities (32%) is a basic school where the language of instruction is Russian and where some subjects are also taught in Estonian. The second preference is an Estonian-language school that provides in-depth training in another language and culture.
Forty-six percent of residents of other nationalities in total support the Estonian-language basic school in its different forms (incl. language immersion) and 44% in total support the different forms of the Russian-language basic school.
Document data: Factsheet “EDUCATION” on the results of the Monitoring the Integration of Estonian Society 2020. May 2021. Link: https://kul.ee/media/3145/download