Ukraine to not change education model in Hungarian schools for now, - Hrynevych

Changes to the educational process of Hungarian schools in Ukraine are postponed until the Venice Commission comments on the “language article” of the law
10:02, 20 October 2017

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Ukraine's Minister of Education and Science Liliya Hrynevych says Ukraine won’t change the education model in schools that teach in Hungarian until the Venice Commission presents its conclusion on the language article of the Education law recently adopted in Ukraine, the Ukrainian News inform.

“We are taking obligations not to take actions on changing the education model of Hungarian schools until this model is agreed upon and the Venice Commission renders its conclusion,” Hrynevych said in a joint briefing with Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin and Hungary’s Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog.

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It has also been agreed that the model of education in schools that teach in Hungarian will be worked upon, including consultations with the Hungarian diaspora. In particular, some amendments to the law on secondary education may be made.

In his turn, Balog noted that Hungary is ready for next consultations on the implementation of the language article of the education law, including enhancing the effectiveness of teaching Ukrainian.

“Good relationship with Ukraine is very important for us,” he added. He also invited Hrynevych to visit Hungary.

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 allows teaching languages of national minorities only in specially created classes in Ukrainian schools. It also makes Ukrainian the language of the education process in schools. 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.

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