16:36 16.12.2017

Venice Commission remarks on language article can be implemented following Latvian schools' example – education minister

Venice Commission remarks on language article can be implemented following Latvian schools' example – education minister

 The recommendations of the Venice Commission regarding the language clause of the law "On Education" can be implemented following the example of training in schools of national communities that are used in Latvia, Education and Science Minister of Ukraine Lilia Hrynevych has said.

"We need to find the right education models for representatives of national communities, so that they should master perfectly and could use their native language, as well as the state language. We believe that Latvia's experience in this matter is very valuable for Ukraine. And the Venice Commission's recommendations on Article 7, including those that can be implemented through such models as are offered in Latvia," Hrynevych said during her visit to Latvia, the press service of the Education Ministry reported.

In particular, it is a matter of the ratio of 60 to 40 in high school education, where 60% of the time goes to reading subjects in the state language, and 40% in their native language. Such a scheme is applied in the Ukrainian secondary school in Riga.

Hrynevych also held a meeting with Education and Science Minister of Latvia Karlis Sadurskis, where the two discussed the possibilities of expanding cooperation in secondary, professional, higher education and science.

"Within the framework of our agreements, Ukraine offers 30 different scholarships for Latvians both for bachelors and masters, as well as PhD students, for those who do scientific research. We would also like to deepen our ties in the Horizon 2020 program and expand cooperation between universities within the Erasmus+ program," Hrynevych said.

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