Russian Foreign Ministry believes that law of Ukraine on secondary education discriminates against Russian language
Russian diplomats called Ukrainian language policy in field of education forced Ukrainization
The Russian Foreign Ministry, evaluating the adoption of a law on secondary education in Ukraine, noted that the Russian language is discriminated against. The commentary of the Russian Foreign Ministry stated this.
“On January 16, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the law “On General Secondary Education. ”We regret that, despite the recommendations of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe to“ ensure the necessary balance ”in the language sphere and the promises of the Kyiv authorities to fulfill them, nothing has actually changed – Russian the language in Ukraine continues to be subjected to double discrimination,”- Russian Foreign Ministry stated this.
Russian diplomats consider the norm to be unfair under which, after the 5th grade, Russian-speaking children will have to attend at least 80% of the education in the state language, while for minorities who speak the languages of the European Union, the time for teaching in Ukrainian will increase gradually – from 20% to 60% to grade 9.
The Russian Foreign Ministry notes that contrary to the conclusion of the Venice Commission, the Ukrainian authorities did not consult with representatives of nationalities living in Ukraine when preparing the law.
Russian diplomats called the language policy in the field of education “forced Ukrainianization.”
As we reported, Russian President Vladimir Putin recently took a tough stance on protecting the Russian-speaking population of Ukraine.