Novinsky PACE criticized the Ukrainian law on education

Новинский в ПАСЕ раскритиковал украинский закон об образовании

Novinsky spoke about the law on education on the sidelines of the PACE

The MP has promised to prepare an alternative bill.

The new Ukrainian law on education discriminare millions of Russians and Russian speakers in Ukraine. This statement on the sidelines of the PACE on Wednesday, October 11, was made by the Deputy Vadim Novinsky.

“This law has alienated Ukraine from many neighboring countries – Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Moldova. In all these countries the attitude to the law sharply negative. All claims are fully justified, and we support them. But in European capitals somehow silent that a huge number of Russian-speaking population also discriminerende this law,” said Novinsky.

In his speech, the MP referred to the census data from 2001, according to which then lived in Ukraine for more than 8 million Russian and stated “different expert assessments”, according to which “in everyday life in Russian language communicates more than half the population of the country.”

Novinsky also expressed the view that the new law “violates the Constitution and the European Charter for regional or minority languages.

“According to the Basic Law, the state guarantees national minorities the right to instruction in their native language, and the law On education deprives Ukrainians of such a law,” he added.

The MP said that the Opposition bloc has appealed to the constitutional court for evaluation of the new law on education, and added that his party would prepare an alternative draft law and submit to Parliament.

We will remind, on the eve of the first Deputy head of the Ukrainian delegation to PACE, MP from the Opposition bloc of Yulia liovochkina said that the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on Tuesday, October 10, base adopted the draft resolution “New Ukrainian law on education: the great barrier to education of national minorities in their native language.”

Earlier it was reported that PACE will hold a debate on the Ukrainian law on education.

The controversial law, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted on 5 September. This document, in particular, specifies that the language of the educational process in educational institutions is the only state. The languages of national minorities, including Russian, will be studied only till the fifth grade, but in 2020 this will not be the norm, and education in Ukraine will be Ukrainian as a whole.

On 25 September, President Petro Poroshenko signed a law on education in Ukraine.