“It’s good to talk about our language from time to time,” said Claude Meisch (DP), Minister of National Education, in the Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday. The place of Luxembourgish in the labor market was, as expected, the subject of a broader question. Its instigator, MP Fred Keup (ADR), initially regretted that the use had declined, Luxembourgish being only “the third language at work” behind French and English. He also deplored that the national language is “less and less in demand by the bosses”.
“The country is evolving, the language is an indicator”, notes the minister. According to him, the language “is part of our identity” and is delighted that “the younger generation is more attached to writing Luxembourgish correctly”. He acknowledges that “on the job market, those who have not learned Luxembourgish at school or at home have to make more of an effort”. But he notes “a real interest on their part”, citing the increase in enrollment in courses dedicated to the National Institute of Languages (INL). More than 6,217 participants in 2019-2020, more than for French.
The country therefore “needs more teachers and we are making efforts on this”, argued the minister. According to him, interest also comes from the Greater Border Region, where workers “see job prospects with learning the language”. He cites agreements with neighboring German Länder and the French government.
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