Ukrainian education minister to meet with Hungarian human resources minister in October to discuss education bill
Ukraine's Education and Science Minister Lilia Hrynevych will hold a meeting with Hungary's Human Resources Minister Zoltan Balog to discuss the law on education not on Monday, August 25, but in October, the Ukrainian ministry's press service told Interfax-Ukraine.
"The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine has received a copy of a letter proposing a meeting between Education and Science Minister of Ukraine Lilia Hrynevych and Minister of Human Resources of Hungary Zoltan Balog sent to the International Department of the Ministry of Education at 19:30 on Friday, September 22, 2017. The letter was received today, September 25, 2017," the Education Ministry told the agency.
The press service noted that since the minister did not plan a trip to Zakarpattia and on Monday, September 25, is in Kyiv, she will not be able to meet with Balog.
"The meeting of Lilia Hrynevych with the human resources minister of Hungary has already been scheduled for October under preliminary agreements between the parties," the Education Ministry reported.
During the meeting, among other things, the parties plan to discuss the law on education passed by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on September 5.
Earlier, Balog asked for a personal meeting with Hrynevych on September 25 during his visit to Zakarpattia to discuss the bill on education.
It was reported that on September 5, the Verkhovna Rada passed an education bill launching education reform in Ukraine. The bill determines, among other things, that teaching at schools should be conducted in the national language.
However, in line with the educational program, one or more subjects can be taught in two or more languages – the state language, the English language, in other official languages of the European Union.
Persons belonging to national minorities are guaranteed the right to study in their native language along with the Ukrainian language in separate classes (groups) in municipal institutions of preschool and primary education.
On September 19, Verkhovna Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy signed the bill and submitted it to president.
The foreign ministers of Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, and Romania later signed letters to the Ukrainian foreign minister, in which they expressed concerns about the new bill on education in the context of the possible effect it may have on the rights of minorities and education in students' native languages.