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Ukrainian school should become gender neutral, - Minister of Education

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Anna Novosad supports anti-discrimination examination of textbooks
20:08, 20 January 2020

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Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Anna Novosad said that she intends to do everything possible to ensure that the Ukrainian school becomes a gender-neutral environment, but does not know when the desired result would be achieved. The Minister said this in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.

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“I don’t know when this day comes. But I will definitely do everything possible to make it so, because I believe that the school should be based on equal opportunities and on teaching students of this value. There is no doubt that schools should not be places of some archaic stereotypes and ideas that were present in the previous century but still appear in our society," she said.

According to the minister, over the past few years, the legal mechanism has been laid down, namely the Anti-discrimination examination of textbooks.

“I will definitely support it. I started my work with the confrontation in the situation with the course “Fundamentals of the Family.” Undoubtedly, experts should give atheir conclusion, but I also can read and I don’t want children to get such dogmas in schools. But I need this professional anti-discrimination examination. In turn, I want to transfer it not only to the textbooks for which it is now used, but also to other manuals and training materials where the Ministry gives a stamp," Novosad said.

As we reported before, the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Anna Novosad said that the experiment on the use of electronic educational materials in pilot schools ended negatively due to the unsatisfactory quality of electronic educational materials; but it will be resumed in the future.

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