The law of equal opportunities. Poroshenko, in Strasbourg, commented on the scandal with the educational reform in Ukraine

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stressed that the European Charter for regional or minority languages, which was adopted in November 1992, stated that all obligations to national minorities shall be carried out without prejudice to the teaching of the official language of the state.

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The head of state said during a speech at the plenary session of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, UNIAN reports.

“The adopted law has not only become a significant part of educational reform, but the law of equal opportunities for all participants in the educational process. And especially I emphasize: equal opportunities for all students! Regardless of their origin, residence or nationality”, – said Poroshenko.

He called unacceptable the situation, when the children belonging to the national minorities in Ukraine do not have adequate knowledge of the Ukrainian language for further study at universities, career development, self-realization in Ukraine.

“The law corrects this situation. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine went on to reinforce the study of the Ukrainian language at the stage of preschool and primary education in order to go to training in a state language. While leaving the learning of the mother tongue in the necessary volumes,” – said the President.

“In the European Charter for regional or minority languages, which was adopted here, in Strasbourg, in November, 25 years ago, said that all obligations to minorities must be implemented “without prejudice to the teaching of the official language (languages) of the state.” I am sure that the provisions of this Charter shall duly observe all who signed it,” – said Poroshenko.

Recall, September 5 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 give 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 adopted law on education, believing that it violates the rights of national minorities in Ukraine. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Hungary péter Szijjártó said that Budapest will require the introduction of sanctions against Ukraineif it does not withdraw the law on education.

The President of Moldova Igor Dodon hopes that Ukraine will reject the new education act for violations 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 has prepared a statement regarding 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.