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Poroshenko signs education law
21:39, 25 September 2017
Poroshenko signs education law

Adoption of this law will allow executing the education reform

21:39, 25 September 2017

Press Service of the President of Ukraine

President Petro Poroshenko signed the education law approved by the Ukrainian Parliament on September 5, 2017, according to the President’s press service.

“Adopting this law will allow carrying out a thorough and comprehensive education reform, which will improve the quality of education and competitiveness of the young generation on the employment market. It will provide for Ukraine’s real steps into the European space”.

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Poroshenko called the education reform one of the most important ones. He emphasized that the law enhances the role of the state language (Ukrainian), as it guarantees that every graduate will have a high command of Ukrainian, necessary for a successful Career in Ukraine.

The President also emphasized that the rights of ethnic minorities living in Ukraine must be strictly observed.

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“Ukraine demonstrated, and will demonstrate such an attitude to the rights of ethnic minorities that complies with our international obligations and is in harmony with the European standards, and can set an example for neighbouring countries,” Poroshenko said.

The President also addressed the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Education so that they consult the European partners, including the Council of Europe.

The new education law makes Ukrainian the language of educational process in Ukraine, and so far proved to be controversial. Some countries, among which HungaryMoldovaRussia, and Romania, are concerned over this new law, stating that it violates the rights of ethnic minorities. 

Hungary claimed they would no longer support Ukraine at the international stage, because of the law.

Related: Ukraine ready for Council of Europe expertise of new education law

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