Ambassador Ihor Prokopchuk, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna, delivered a statement on the Law of Ukraine On Education to the 1157th meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council, 28 September 2017.
“The Delegation of Ukraine takes note of the statements delivered by the delegations of Hungary, the Russian Federation and Romania and will communicate their contents to the capital. They voiced earlier concerns in connection with the newly adopted Law of Ukraine “On Education” and those were responded to with substance and constructiveness, in particular during the meetings with the Minister of Education of Ukraine in Kyiv, in bilateral contacts, at the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting and meetings with the Deputy Minister of Education of Ukraine who was in Warsaw,” said the Permanent Representative, adding that Ukraine stands ready to continue dialogue and consultations on implementation of provisions of the mentioned Law.
He reminded that Reform of Ukraine’s education system is considered an important part of the large-scale reform process in the country and on 5 September 2017 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law of Ukraine “On Education” which was signed by the President of Ukraine on 25 September 2017.
At that, Ihor Prokopchuk noted, ”when elaborating and adopting the new Law the Ukrainian authorities and legislators have taken full account of Ukraine’s obligations and commitments under respective international instruments, including the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.”
“The new Law specifies that the human right to education may be exercised through obtaining it at different levels of education, in various ways and forms, including pre-school, comprehensive, extracurricular, vocational, higher education and adult (continuing) education,” the Ukrainian Ambassador I.Prokopchuk said and appealed to the OSCE stakeholders to prolong work to “restart respective discussions to come to agreement... and to ensure common framework for protection and promotion of rights of persons, belonging to national minorities, across the OSCE space”.
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