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Poroshenko Considering Discrimination Against Children If They Do Not Know Ukrainian After School

Poroshenko Considering Discrimination Against Children If They Do Not Know Ukrainian After School

President, Petro Poroshenko, discrimination, language, law On Education

President Petro Poroshenko considers a discrimination against school graduates if they do not know the Ukrainian language after graduation from school at the level sufficient for their admission to a university or future employment, and that the law On Education in fact protects rights of children by mandating them to build up a required level of command in the state language, and therefore asks communities and all parties concerned to assuage political pressure around the language provisions in the new edition of the law On Education.

The President said this while taking questions at the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly's plenary meeting, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

A representative of the European People's Party asked Poroshenko why he supports the law On Education if it narrows rights of national minorities, even despite furry of criticism from neighboring countries.

Addressing the question, Poroshenko said: "Can you imagine that pupils of the United Kingdom, France of Germany upon graduation from schools could not talk in English, French or Germany? How would they survive in the country? On the other hand, 75% of graduates from schools in Berehove (Zakarpattia region) actually flanked the Ukrainian language test as they even could not understand it. How are they going to survive in the country, to find a job or continue their education? Those children have been discriminated. We are not against languages of national minorities, on contrary, we are glad that those languages are taught in schools, and we create all opportunities for them to continue to be taught. We just ask: please, study Ukrainian. This will protect rights of those children and protect them against the discrimination."

Poroshenko also added that Ukraine was absolutely open to a dialogue and was ready to implement recommendations offered by the Venice Commission to improve legislation on education.

Poroshenko expanded the answer by taking himself as an example.

He was born in Bolhrad, Odesa region, in the center of a Bulgarian minority community in Ukraine, and naturally he speaks Bulgarian.

Then, moving from city to city, changing locations, he picked up other languages inherent to the areas, and now Poroshenko speaks Romanian, Polish, English and Russian, but considers Ukrainian as his native language.

"This is what I expect of national minorities in Ukraine - to know two, three languages, as people do in other countries," the President concluded, pronouncing sentences about the languages he speaks in the language he was talking about.

President also said that Minister of Education Liliya Hrynevych also arrived with him to Strasburg (the Republic of France) to hold a series of meetings with colleagues.

"I think, we need to exclude a political component from the discussion and start an open and honest cooperation," the President drew the bottom line.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, Poroshenko was confident that recommendations from the Venice Commission would allow to remove all differences about the language provisions in the revised law On Education.

The PACE scheduled on October 12 snap debates concerning the Ukrainian law On Education.