Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Liliya Hrynevych gave an interview to 112.UA, concerning the recently adopted law on education, which caused outrage in some countries due to the limitation of classes taught in the languages of national minorities.
The European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission) is expected to render its conclusion on the law on December 11.
Liliya Hrynevych refutes the possibility that the Commission’s recommendations might contradict the interests of Ukraine.
“I think, it won’t happen. We will talk to the experts, explain to them that we are preventing discrimination of children studying in the schools of national minorities,” she said.
“We’ve phrased our reasoning to the Commission, why the article (the article on languages, - 112) is like that, and why we believe we aren’t violating our international obligations, aren’t breaching the Constitution of Ukraine,” she added.
Tomorrow, October 31, Ukraine’s Minister of Education is to discuss the law with six experts from the Commission.
“We will discuss all the details and our arguments as to the article on the language of education. I am ready to answer the experts’ questions,” she summarized.
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.
Ukraine has been explaining the provisions of the law, emphasizing that the diasporas and Embassies of the countries will be consulted before any changes to the schools that teach in the languages of national minorities are made.