Cabinet suggests Rada extending transition period of language article implementation on education law until 2023
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved and submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a bill that proposes to extend the transitional period of the implementation of the language article on the law "On Education" from 2020 to 2023.
The corresponding draft law was adopted at a government meeting on Wednesday, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent reported.
According to Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Lilia Hrynevych, this change must be made to implement the proposals of the Venice Commission.
In turn, this will allow more smoothly implement language articles in relation to national minorities.
As reported, the Ukrainian law on education came into force on September 28, 2017. 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.
The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry sent the education law for examination by the Venice Commission.
On December 8, the Ukrainian Education and Science Ministry reported that the Venice Commission had not supported Hungary's accusation of narrowing the rights of national minorities in the article on the language of instruction in Ukraine's law on education.
The Ministry of Education and Science declared its readiness to implement the recommendations of the commission and developed three models for the implementation of the language article in the law "On General Secondary Education."
Hungary blocked the meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission in December 2017 and a number of meetings of Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak during the meeting of defense ministers of NATO countries on February 14-15.