All Schools in the Kherson Region Will Now Teach Exclusively in the Ukrainian Language

Translated by Ollie Richardson


In the Kherson region all first graders, including ethnic minorities, will study in only the Ukrainian language.

This was stated by the head of department of education, science, and youth of the Kherson Regional State Administration Evgeny Krinitsky, reports the correspondent of Politnavigator.

“Our principled position is to gradually transition all schools of the region to learning Ukrainian. For this reason we plan to begin the first classes as of this year,” said the official categorically.

Currently in the Kherson region there are 26 Russian-language schools.

“There are questions about retraining pedagogical staff, and additional purchases of Ukrainian books is planned. We will translate the first grade classes into Ukrainian, then the fifth grade classes. I.e. systematically and smoothly we will transition all classes,” added Krinitsky.

The decision on a gradual transition of Russian-language educational institutions into Ukrainian-language learning was made by the Kherson state administration.

As a reminder, the right of citizens to use the Russian language and those of ethnic minorities, including in education, is recorded in part 2 of article 10 of the Constitution of Ukraine, and also in the Ukrainian law on languages and in the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages signed by Ukraine. However all these documents are simply ignored by the Ukrainian authorities.

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