First, the concept of "bilingual education" is absent in the draft law "On Education".

First, the concept of "bilingual education" is absent in the draft law "On Education".

As for the decision of the Kyiv District Court mentioned by Ihor Likarchuk, it was rendered in another administrative case, namely in the case of the Odessa Law Academy (S. Kivalov) against the Ministry of Education, which challenged the Ministry’s internal audit department’s inspection … Then the court ruled that the internal audit sector of the Ministry of Education and Science could not inspect its subordinate institution (Odessa Law Academy). However, the regulatory framework suggests otherwise. And in Ukraine there is no case law, so the decision in this case can not automatically apply to other types of legal relations, in particular to conduct internal audits of other legal entities. Therefore, officials of the Ministry of Education had every reason to implement it. Accordingly, the management of the assessment centers was obliged to allow the narrative topics audit. I emphasize that based on the results of the audit, the directors of the centers submitted their objections, which are attached to its materials.

At the same time, numerous objections and appeals from regional centers for quality assessment of education, in particular regarding the inaccuracy of inspection procedures, as well as inaccurate coverage of facts and incompetence of audit conclusions indicate that the audit results are questionable. That is why, in accordance with the law, we decided to apply to the State Financial Inspectorate for the appointment of an external audit of the quality of the audit. We will also appeal to the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine (procedural manager), which is investigating this case, regarding the need for a forensic economic examination in connection with the dubious quality of the audit of the internal audit sector of the Ministry of Education.

We welcome the readiness of assessment centers to stand up for their good name. It is extremely important to organize this promptly and publicly so as not to jeopardize the preparation of the 2017 EIT.

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Speculation about the language issue must be stopped by constructive cooperation between the Ministry of Education and Science and public activists

L. Grinevich: We are not talking about bilingual education

Author: Lilia Grinevich, Minister of Education and Science

During my business trip last week, a scandal erupted over Article 7 of the bill "On Education". In this regard, I would like to emphasize that one of the priority tasks of the Ministry of Education and Science is to expand the use of the Ukrainian language in the education system of Ukraine.

Important fact: after the proclamation of Ukraine’s independence in 1991, only 49% of schoolchildren studied in Ukrainian, in 2015-2016 – 89% study in Ukrainian. The dynamics are obvious.

Unfortunately, the misunderstanding between the representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science and public activists, one of whom was Larysa Nitsa, led to the creation of myths about the bill "On Education", which later began to spread in the media, and significantly distorted the position of the Ministry of Education and Science. I must refute them.

First, the concept of "bilingual education" is absent in the draft law "On Education". In general, Yuriy Kononenko mentioned this term in the context of a pilot project, which has a completely different meaning than was presented in the media. Within its framework, subjects taught in Ukrainian are added to schools with the language of instruction of national minorities. And, attention, this project is aimed at increasing the level of Ukrainian students in such schools. Currently we have only 3 such schools (because this is only a pilot project). But the need to develop it is obvious – Transcarpathia, where a significant percentage of schools with the language of instruction of national minorities, shows the worst results of the EIT in Ukrainian.

Secondly, the draft law “On Education” provides for the use of the state language in educational institutions to the same extent as under current legislation. In fact, the provisions of Article 7 of the draft law do not differ from the provisions of current legislation. And during several years of discussion of this bill, this article did not provoke comments from experts.

In addition, the Law on Higher Education clearly restricts the use of any language other than the state language. In particular, foreign teaching can be conducted only in private educational institutions and branches of foreign universities.

Third, paragraph 2 of Article 7 of the draft law “On Education”, which deals with the right of representatives of national minorities to study in their native language in state and municipal educational institutions, is almost identical to the last paragraph of Article 53 of the Constitution of Ukraine.

Just compare. Here is the last paragraph of Article 53 of the Constitution:

"Citizens belonging to national minorities are guaranteed by law the right to study in their mother tongue or to study their mother tongue in state and municipal educational institutions."

And here is paragraph 2 of Article 7 of the bill "On Education":

“Persons belonging to national minorities are guaranteed the right to study in their mother tongue or to study their mother tongue in state and municipal educational institutions. This right is exercised through a network of educational institutions, classes (groups) created in accordance with the law.

Personally, I am set up for constructive cooperation with public activists. We will not be able to limit this article only to the guarantee of learning the language of national minorities and completely exclude the clause on “teaching in the native language”, as this is a right guaranteed by the Constitution of Ukraine.

However, we can legally extend this article. To decipher that teaching in the languages ​​of national minorities is carried out only in primary school, and starting, for example, with primary school, we are beginning to expand the range of subjects taught in Ukrainian.

We already have options for work, now the main thing is to meet with activists and jointly work out proposals for the bill, which we will submit to the relevant committee. Larisa Nitsa, as I was told, is now abroad.

Importantly. I severely warned the staff of the ministry and individual officials about the inadmissibility of rude communication with anyone who appeals to the Ministry of Education and Science. In case of repetition – there will be conclusions. And we are working to change the shameful but deep-rooted Ukrainian bureaucratic practice, when the answer is given to explain why it is "impossible" and not to explain what is being done to make it "possible." This is not easy, but it is a different story.

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The test for knowledge of changes to the updated programs of the primary school was developed by the school principal

Lilia Grinevich: test for knowledge of changes to programs

Author: Lilia Hrynevych, Minister of Education and Science

The test for knowledge of changes to the updated programs of the primary school was developed and made public by the director of the Stryj school in the Lviv region Serhiy Zapisov – and it has already been passed by more than a thousand teachers. This is a great example of how new technologies make it possible to convey information faster and more efficiently.

But most importantly, it is an example of how school principals can accelerate the introduction of new approaches to teaching in schools.

I would also like to thank Svitlana Oleksiuk – on this school principal’s page you will find a great infographic of the new school rules according to the updated curricula, assessment criteria and guidelines for primary school. And Sergii Gorbachov was the first to describe the changes to the programs for his teachers and also made them public.

At the same time, a number of parents are asking that teachers make it clear at parent meetings that they will not rush to implement updated programs, assessment criteria and guidelines.

I would like to remind the district education department of the need to hold meetings of methodological associations of beginning teachers and to inform the introduced changes to all specialists. All information about updates for primary school is available on the MES website. And for those who have already read – a test from Sergei Zapisov …


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There is no preschool or extracurricular education in the wording, but we also work with it

L. Grinevich: the priorities are those that require urgent attention

Author: Lilia Grinevich, Minister of Education and Science.

The Ministry is currently actively working on its part of the draft Medium-Term Government Priority Action Plan for 2017-2020.

In it we have 4 main priorities:

high-quality, modern and affordable general secondary education (New Ukrainian School); modernization of vocational education; ensuring the quality of higher education; new system of management and financing of science.

We discussed each of the priorities. There are relevant stakeholders behind them, and we could not ignore their opinion. After all consultations, we have a new revised version of the Medium-Term Plan.

Now we invite everyone to discuss the updated document on the MES website at the link. There is an e-mail address to which you can send your suggestions. We sincerely hope for the active participation of the public that you will help us to make a really better document.

I want to add. Obviously, we take care of the whole education system from preschool to adult education, but we needed to include in the priorities what needs immediate attention. There is really no pre-school, extracurricular or adult education in these formulations, but this does not mean that we do not work in these areas.

I am attaching to the post a video of my speech at the round table, where we discussed with the expert community a medium-term plan for education and science with the participation of the Prime Minister.


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