New the education act, certain provisions of which angered some neighboring state creates equal opportunities for all students, and its adoption was overly politicized. This was stated by President Petro Poroshenko, speaking in Strasbourg at the session of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

“I would like to draw your attention to the excessive politicization of the education act. The quality of education determines the future and the security of each country, and therefore we could not reform this sector,” he said.

The law, the President has called not only “an important part of the reform,” but the law of equal opportunities for all participants in the educational process. “It’s an equal opportunity for all students, regardless of their origin, residence or nationality”, – said the head of state.

Unacceptable the President said a situation where children in the regions inhabited by national minorities do not know the Ukrainian language “they need to further their studies at universities, institutes, for the development of their professional career, public service and self-realization in Ukraine.”

“You can imagine that 75% of students in Berehove are unable to take the exam in the Ukrainian language? This discrimination of these students. We are not talking about discrimination against minorities,” he said, adding that the law corrects this situation.

Poroshenko assured the delegates of the PACE that Ukraine guarantees proper rights of national minorities in accordance with national legislation and international obligations and standards, including the right to study in their native language along with the study of the Ukrainian language.

Later, answering a question, the Romanian delegate, the President spoke on the Moldovan, Polish and Romanian.

See also: education Law: sovereignty versus manipulation

September 14, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of foreign Affairs of Bulgaria Ekaterina Zaharieva said that the foreign Ministers of Hungary, Romania, Greece and Bulgaria will send a letter to the OSCE with the “signal” that the new law of Ukraine about education should not affect the rights of national minorities.

October 3, foreign Minister of Hungary péter Szijjártó stated that Hungary and Romania intend to join efforts in order to change the education act.

The European Commission spokesperson maja Kocijancic said in Brussels that Ukraine should take into account the opinion of the Venice Commission in the implementation of the education act. 29 Sep Kiev sent the education act for consideration by the Commission.

See also: education Act: opinion of the Venice Commission in December

Poroshenko’s law on education: It is a matter of national security 11.10.2017

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