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Ukraine can implement Latvian education model to fulfill Venice Commission's recommendations
19:24, 15 December 2017
Ukraine can implement Latvian education model to fulfill Venice Commission's recommendations

The issue is about the proportion 60 and 40 when 60% is devoted to the education in the state language and 40% to the education in the native language

19:24, 15 December 2017

Ukrainian Ministry of Education and Science

Ukraine can implement the Latvian education model to fulfill the recommendations given by the Venice Commission towards the language article of the law 'On education'. Liliya Grynevych, the Minister of Education of Ukraine claimed this as the press service of the Education Ministry reported.

'It is necessary to find the right education modes for the national minorities to make them excellently now and use both native and state languages. We think that the experience of Latvia on this issue is very precious for Ukraine. The recommendations given by the Venice Commission towards the language article will be fulfilled through such models as in Latvia', Grynevych said.

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She noted that the issue is about the proportion 60 and 40 when 60% is devoted to the education in the state language and 40% to the education in the native language.

Ukrainian Education Ministry added that the similar education model is also used at the Ukrainian secondary school in Riga. 60% is devoted to the Latvian language and 40% to the Ukrainian. Also, the children learn English from the first grade and Spanish or German from the seventh grade. Also, the Ukrainian language and literature, history and culture of Ukraine, mythology and aesthetics are in the curriculum.  

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The Venice Commission recommends in particular:

-to fully use, when adopting implementing legislation, the possibilities provided by paragraph 4 of Article 7 to ensure a sufficient level of teaching in official languages of the European Union for the respective minorities;

-to continue ensuring a sufficient proportion of education in minority languages at the primary and secondary levels, in addition to the teaching of the state language;

-to improve the quality of teaching of the state language;

-to amend the relevant transitional provisions of the Education Law to provide more time for a gradual reform;

-to exempt private schools from the new language requirements in accordance with Article 13 of the Framework Convention;

-to enter, within the framework of the implementation of the new Education Law, into a new dialogue with representatives of national minorities and all interested parties on the language of education.

-to ensure that the implementation of the Law does not endanger the preservation of the minorities’ cultural heritage and the continuity of minority language education in traditional schools.

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As we reported earlier, the new law on education was signed by Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on September 25. In particular, it implements 12-years-long school program and allows teaching languages of national minorities only in specially created classes in Ukrainian schools.

This particular decision evoked outrage in Moldova, Romania, Russia, and Hungary. Budapest even threatens to slow down the process of Ukraine’s integration with the EU.

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Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko had a speech at the PACE, on Wednesday, where he explained the language situation in Ukraine.

Ukrainian government voluntarily sent the law to the Venice Commission for further evaluation. The later rendered their conclusion on the law on Education on December 11.

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