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Hungary asks Ukraine to amend new law on secondary education

Source : 112 Ukraine

Hungarian Foreign Minister expresses concerns about increasing the studying of Ukrainian subjects in Hungarian schools
14:06, 7 February 2020

Romania Journal

Hungary’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó believes that Ukraine should not increase the number of Ukrainian subjects taught in Hungarian schools. That is why Hungary asks Ukraine to amend the new law on secondary education. This was stated by Szijjártó during a joint briefing with Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

According to a new law on education that was approved in January, public language teaching in Hungarian schools in ninth grade should not be below 40%, and in high school – at least 60%.

Hungary assures that children will be able to learn Ukrainian without complying with the rules of law on secondary education and reducing the number of subjects taught in Hungarian.

Related: Russia believes Ukraine's law on secondary education discriminates Russian language

"We believe that Hungarians will be able to learn the state language even without increasing the number of Ukrainian subjects. We are ready to help financially in order to make the teaching of Ukrainian language effective," Hungary’s MFA stated.

He added that he met with Minister of Education and Science Anna Novosad during his visit to Ukraine and asked her to hold a meeting with representatives of the Union of Transcarpathian teachers in the near future, on the results of which a decision should be made.

As we reported earlier, Ukraine accommodated Hungary and implemented 6 of 7 recommendations given by the Venice Commission relating to the legislation on education.

"The way the law applies to them is being denoted in the new draft legislation on Secondary Education, our colleagues from the Ministry of Education are working on it and I think that these changes will be supported by the Parliament," he said. 

Related: Ukraine implements 6/7 recommendations of Venice Commission relating to Hungary

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