Ukraine promises Hungary choice of language of education for private schools

Source : 112 Ukraine

The meeting of ministers discussed the implementation of the language clause of the law "On Education"
18:00, 23 June 2018

112 Agency

Representatives of Ukraine and Hungary during the meeting discussed the possibility of freely choosing the language of education for students in private schools. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Education.

Representatives of the ministry said that the meeting was attended by the head of the Ministry of Education Lilia Grynevych, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Siyarto and Hungarian Minister of Human Resources Miklos Kasler.

Within the framework of the meeting, the process of implementation of the language clause of the law "On Education" was discussed.

Thus, representatives of Hungary were interested when Ukraine plans to implement the recommendations of the Venice Commission, which affect the transition period and guarantee the choice of the language of education in private schools.

In particular, Grynevych said that the bill extending the transitional period has already been submitted to the Verkhovna Rada for consideration and should be voted in the near future.

She also stressed that work is continuing on the bill "On general secondary education," the fifth article of which will clarify all the details of the implementation of the language article of the basic law.

"In particular, it is said about the possibility of private schools to choose the language of education, but it is noted that the state certificate will be issued by institutions that give children the opportunity to use the state language at the level of the state standard. This will be a matter of licensing," said the Minister of Education.

She noted that the extension of the transition period is necessary first of all in terms of pedagogy. She also denied rumors that the law deprives children of ethnic minorities of the opportunity to learn in their native language.

Earlier Foreign Minister of Hungary Peter Szijjarto claimed Hungary will not support the relations between Ukraine and NATO until Ukraine does not fulfill the recommendations of the Venice Commission on the language article of the law "On education".

"The decision of the Hungarian government is unambiguous. The Venice Commission gave recommendations and until the time these recommendations are not fulfilled, we cannot support the relations of Ukraine with NATO. In July in Brussels, the session of the NATO on the security of the Black Sea where Ukraine and the Ukrainian President will take place. We are not opposed to the way your president will be invited to this event," Szijjarto said.

He also reminded that he consulted on this issue with U.S. State Secretary Mile Pompeo.

In his turn, Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin claimed that he is generally satisfied with the results of the consultations with the Hungarian side on the implementation of the language article of the education law and noted the positive dynamics of the cooperation of the Ukrainian and Hungarian sides as Ukrinform reported.

"Generally I am satisfied with today's consultations. I am very glad that exactly today we have met here. The first part of our meeting was dedicated to the implementation of the law on education. After this press conference we will gather together, particularly, with Peter and talk about the bilateral issues and issues of our international agenda," Klimkin said.

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