The situation with the ignorance of the citizens of Ukraine the state language is a matter of national security, said foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin in the air of ICTV channel.
«There are citizens of Ukraine, who really do not speak Ukrainian. And so I think we have to be very consistent position. If we do not have proper knowledge for all Ukrainian citizens Ukraine, they will be so totally discriminated against. Can they become civil servants in Ukraine? No. Can they join any Ukrainian University? No,» he said.
Klimkin said that «no one takes any education in the languages of national minorities».
«Our position should be absolutely consistent: we need to protect and Ukrainian at 100% and the languages of national minorities. And the situation when there are people who are not in full, and do not speak the national language, it is a question, in the end, our unity and national security. I understand and will continue to promote,» added the Minister.
On 5 September the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted in the second reading the law «On education», September 25, it was signed by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. The document introduces 12-year school education, the educational office of the Ombudsman and provides that the salary of the teachers will depend on the outcome of their certification.
The law also expanded the use of the Ukrainian language in education.
«The approach that they have laid down, that a pre-primary and primary education acquired in their native language. While studying in elementary school had a strong emphasis on mastering the state language. Starting with the basic education we provide training in the Ukrainian language», – said the Minister of education and science, Liliya Hrynevych.
My concern about the language of the article in the law expressed by a number of countries: Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Bulgaria and Greece.
15 Sep Grinevich following the meeting with the heads of diplomatic missions said that Ukraine is ready to provide the Council of Europe for opinion article about language education in the law on education reform.
The Chairman of the Transcarpathian regional state administration Gennady Moskal urged the President to veto the law. In his opinion, the initiative does not correspond to the European Charter for regional or minority languages.
The Minister of foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin noted that Ukraine maintains the conditions for learning minority mother tongues, but at the same time, there is a «problem of integration: 75% of graduates Beregovo area (Transcarpathian region) this year has not passed the external testing in the Ukrainian language».
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis stated that he had decided not to visit Ukraine in October because of a new Ukrainian law «About education». The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine said that the visit of the President of Romania in Kiev not canceled and postponed.
Klimkin said that the situation with Ukrainians ignorance of the state language is a matter of national security 26.09.2017