Ukraine says it agrees with Hungary on ways to address language provisions of education law

22:51, 07 February 2018
Politics
536 0
Photo from news.church.ua

"With cautious optimism, we can say that long-lasting negotiations with the Hungarian side have resulted in understanding on key positions: on ways of settling the 'language issue,' the launch of joint border control, the development of border infrastructure. Step by step to normality," Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Vasyl Bodnar wrote on Twitter on February 7 after his visit to Zakarpattia region.

Read alsoHungary insists on OSCE presence in Ukraine's west after attack on Hungarian culture centerThe new law on education, which entered into force on September 28, 2017, introduces a 12-year secondary education system in Ukraine with Ukrainian being used as the language of tuition. Children of national minorities can be taught in their mother tongue at classes (groups) along with the national language. Yet, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Greece and Bulgaria expressed concern over the language provisions of Article 7 of the law.

What is more, the Venice Commission issued recommendations on December 8, 2017, that the Ukrainian authorities should balance the provisions of the language article.

Ukraine's Ministry of Education and Science proposed three options for the implementation of Article 7, which will be stipulated in a draft law on general secondary education. A respective bill is expected to be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada for consideration this spring.

If you see a spelling error on our site, select it and press Ctrl+Enter