President Poroshenko signs education bill into law

21:20, 25 September 2017
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President of Ukraine signed Law of Ukraine No. 2145-VIII On Education, adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on September 5, 2017, according to the presidential press service.

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The adoption of the new legislation will allow carrying out a profound and comprehensive education reform that will improve quality of education and competitiveness of Ukraine’s younger generation in the labor market, the presidential administration says.

The law will provide for real steps for Ukraine’s inclusion into the European educational space.

Read alsoKlimkin confirms Ukraine’s readiness to have language norm in education law examined by Council of Europe"This is one of key reforms, because there is no other reform that the country’s future depends on as much as on education," said Poroshenko.

The president has stressed the fact law enhances the role of the state Ukrainian language in the educational process. The law provides equal opportunities for all because it guarantees each graduate a high level of language proficiency, necessary for a successful career in Ukraine.

Read alsoUkrainian officials circle wagons around education reform amid barrage of criticism - mediaAt the same time, the head of state stressed the importance of strict adherence in the process of gaining education to humanitarian rights of national minorities residing on the territory of Ukraine.

"Ukraine demonstrated and will continue to demonstrate this type of attitude to the rights of national minorities, which corresponds to our international obligations, is in harmony with European standards, and a model for neighboring countries," Petro Poroshenko said.

Read alsoHungary authorities seek meeting with Ukrainian education minister to discuss new lawThe president also called on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education to hold necessary consultations with European partners, including the Council of Europe.

In educational facilities, one or more classes can be taught in two or more languages of instruction - in the official language, in English and in other official languages of the European Union.

Persons belonging to national minorities of Ukraine are guaranteed the right to study in public educational facilities, along with the state language of instruction, in the language of instruction of the respective national minority, along with the state language of instruction. The right is realized through classes (groups) with instruction in the language of the corresponding national minority along with the state language.

Persons belonging to indigenous peoples of Ukraine are guaranteed the right to study in public facilities of preschool and general secondary education in the language of instruction of the respective indigenous people, along with the state language of instruction. This right is also realized through the creation of classes (groups) with instruction in the language of the respective people along with the state language.

Earlier, such EU states as Poland, Romania, Hungary, Greece, and Bulgaria expressed concern over the norms of the law on the language of instruction for representatives of national minorities.

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