In the Ministry of education claim that the wording of article 7 of the law of Ukraine on education, which aroused the concern of the authorities in Hungary and Romania, consistent with the Constitution of Ukraine and the European Charter for regional or minority languages. This is stated in the official explanation of the Ministry, which is available to UKRINFORM.
“The amendments comply with the Constitution and the constitutional court’s decision of 14 December 1999 on the case concerning official interpretation of provisions of article 10 of the Constitution of Ukraine regarding the application of the state language by state authorities, bodies of local self-government and the use of it in educational process in educational institutions of Ukraine…” – said in the message.
The Ministry noted that in recent years there has been a steady downward trend in the level and quality of General secondary education by children from schools with instruction in languages of national minorities, which is confirmed, in particular, the results of external independent evaluation.
According to the Ministry of education, in 2016, more than 36% of graduates of Transcarpathia have passed the EIT in the Ukrainian language with a score from 1 to 3 points on a 12-point scale. In General in 2016 for 60.1% of the students belonging to the Hungarian and Romanian minorities, passed EIT mathematics and history of Ukraine in one of these languages, did not overcome the threshold pass/fail testing on the Ukrainian language.
“These trends lead to the violation of the constitutional rights of children for admission to higher educational institutions of Ukraine on a competitive basis,” said Mont.
Previously, the Romanian foreign Ministry expressed concern about the adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of September 5 of the education act, in particular article 7 of the law on education in languages of national minorities.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Hungary Szijjártó It believes the new law “a shame and a disgrace”. He ordered the Hungarian diplomats not to support Ukrainian initiatives in international organizations, and to support important decisions.