Mon: Poland and Ukraine will sign a Declaration for implementation of the language article of the law “On education”

Poland and Ukraine will sign a Declaration that will spell out the main directions of the language of implementation of articles of the law “On education” for Ukrainian schools, in which instruction is in Polish. This was agreed during the meeting, the Minister of education and science of Ukraine Liliya Hrynevych, Minister of national education of the Republic of Poland Anna Zalewski, reports Mont.

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Liliya Hrynevych noted that MES plans to gradually increase the share of subjects that are studied in the Ukrainian language. According to the preliminary proposal of the Ukrainian side, in high school, the proportion of study subjects in Ukrainian should be 60%.

“We understand the importance for Ukraine statement of the Ukrainian language as the state language, in Poland we also have a lot of attention to the development of our language. However, we have bilateral agreements. One of the points says that some subjects can be taught in languages of the European Union. But the word can is not a guarantee. There must be a guarantee that some subjects will be taught in Polish,” – said the Minister of national education of Poland.

Liliya Hrynevych said that the universality of the article due to the fact that the basic law and the detailed provisions will be prescribed in the relevant Law “On General secondary education” and regulations of Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

“The work on these documents takes time. In turn we have from the beginning declared willingness to prescribe the way of implementing bilateral instruments between the countries. I want to note that 5 Ukrainian schools where instruction is provided in Polish, already enrolled in the model that we propose for implementation. That is partially the subjects in basic and high school was taught in Ukrainian,” – said the Minister of education and science of Ukraine.

Now the parties are working on the text of the Declaration is to be signed in the near future.

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According to official statistics, in Ukraine there are about 400 thousand children of national minorities in 735 schools. In the 2016/2017 academic year there were 2 pre-school educational institution with the education of the Polish language. In General the Polish language in kindergartens children are brought up 137. But in secondary schools Polish studies 1 785 pupils learn Polish as a subject 45 thousand 964 students, including, as a second – 27тис 636 students.

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. Statements with respect to Ukrainian law by the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the two countries.

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.