Poroshenko signed a law on education in Ukraine
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has signed the law on education in Ukraine adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on 5 September.
This was reported by press service of the President Monday, September 25.
The Ukrainian head of state believes that the adoption of the educational law will allow for a deep comprehensive educational reform that will improve the quality of education and competitiveness of the young generation on the labour market. The law will provide the first steps towards the inclusion of Ukraine into the European educational space.
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Poroshenko stressed that the law enhances the role of the Ukrainian language in the educational process. According to him, the law guarantees each graduate with a high level of language proficiency necessary for a successful career in Ukraine.
At the same time the President noted that the humanitarian rights of national minorities in Ukraine in education will be strictly observed.
“Ukraine has demonstrated and will continue to demonstrate such an attitude to the rights of national minorities, which is consistent with our international obligations, is in harmony with European standards and is a model for neighboring countries”, – said Poroshenko.
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The President also appealed to the Ministry of foreign Affairs and the Ministry of education to undertake the necessary consultations with European partners, including the Council of Europe.
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He noted that the new Ukrainian law “will sharply limit the access of minorities to education in their mother tongue”.
By the way, on 5 September during a meeting of the Rada adopted the law of Ukraine “On education”, which introduced the 12-year secondary education. The language of instruction in educational institutions determined by the state. The document envisages that the institutions can be taught one or more courses two or more languages – the state language, English and also in other official languages of the European Union.
Persons who belong to indigenous peoples and national minorities of Ukraine is guaranteed the right to education in their native language along with the Ukrainian language in public institutions of preschool and General secondary education.
Romania and Hungary criticized the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law on education, believing that it violates the rights of national minorities in Ukraine. Statements with respect to Ukrainian law by the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the two countries.
In turn, the President of Moldova Igor Dodon hopes that Ukraine will reject the new education act because of the violation of the rights of national minorities. According to him, the new education Act will lead to the abolition of the system of education in the native language of the ethno-cultural minorities in Ukraine.
Subsequently, in Russia, this law called “an act of forced Ukrainianization, which constituted a flagrant violation of Ukraine ratified the European Charter for regional or minority languages”. “The state Duma” the Russian Federation has prepared a statement in relation to the Ukrainian law on education, in which he condemned adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of the document. The Russian foreign Ministry stressed that the document infringes on the interests of millions of Russian-speaking residents of Ukraine.