16:13 13.11.2017

Ukraine to heed Venice Commission conclusions on education law during implementation

Ukraine to heed Venice Commission conclusions on education law during implementation

Ukrainian Education and Science Minister Lilia Hrynevych believes that the conclusions of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) on the language article of Ukraine's education law will be taken into account during the implementation of the clause, but will not lead to a change of the law itself.

"The main event on the road to resolving this situation is the decision of the Venice Commission. It will meet on December 8, and the recommendations of the Venice Commission should be published tentatively on December 10," she said at a briefing in Kyiv on Monday, while commenting to Interfax-Ukraine on the position of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry.

Hrynevych said that the Venice Commission's conclusions would be taken into account during the implementation of the education law and the drafting of subsequent laws.

"We can take these recommendations as a basis and further implement the article on the language of teaching in the law on education through a special law, for example, on general secondary education," she said.

She specified that there were not enough votes in the Verkhovna Rada to amend the article on the language of instruction.

As reported, the Ukrainian law on education came into force on September 28.

Among other things, the law stipulates that the state language is a language of learning at educational institutions, but one or several subjects in two or more languages, namely, the state language, English and other European Union official languages can be taught in compliance with the educational program.

People, who belong to ethnic minorities, are guaranteed the right for learning in the native language along with the Ukrainian language in separate groups of municipal pre-school and primary school institutions.

On September 28, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry sent the education law for examination by the Venice Commission.

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