Ukraine intends to extend the transition period of the implementation of the educational reform at the legislative level and exempt the private schools from the implementation of the language article as the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine reported.
‘It is supposed to enshrine the extension of the transition period for the gradual implementation of the educational reform at the legislative level and to exempt the private schools from the new language demands provided by Article 13 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities’, the message said.
It is noted that Ukraine will stay within its international and legal commitments, particularly, it will continue to provide free and comprehensive development of the citizens, particularly, the representatives of the national minorities and provide the sufficient proportion of the education at the languages of the minorities in the primary and secondary school in addition to the learning of the state language.
‘President’s order ‘On approval of Annual national program under the aegis Ukraine-NATO Commission for 2018 is the component of the legislative framework of Ukraine that solve the issue of the implementation of the education law and it is also the steady vector of the substantive observance of the Venice Commission Conclusions dated December 11, 2017, particularly point 126’, the ministry reported.
Moreover, Ukraine is ready to begin a new dialogue with the representatives of the national minorities and ensure that the implementation of this document does not threaten the preservation of their cultural heritage and sustainability of the learning of the national minorities’ languages.
The new law on education was signed by Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on September 25. In particular, it introduces a 12-year-long school program and limits the number of subjects taught in the languages of national minorities. This particular decision evoked outrage in Moldova, Romania, Russia, and Hungary. Budapest even threatened to slow down the process of Ukraine’s integration with the EU.
As we reported the session of the Ukraine-NATO commission that should take place on February 14-15 was blocked by Hungary. Hungary claimed about its intention to block the meeting in the mid of January when Péter Szijjártó Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary claimed that the blocking will continue until Kyiv fulfills the demands of Hungary toward the education law.