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The Ministry of Culture of Ukraine is developing a bill on the status of English as the language of international communication in the country, said Rostislav Karandaev, First Deputy Head of the Department, at a briefing.
“Ukraine remains isolated from the EU and the rest of the world largely by the language barrier. The transformation of the status of the English language in Ukraine is a step that should solve this problem. This is a necessity and this is Ukraine's strategic course regarding EU membership,— he said (quote from UNN).
Prime Minister Denys Shmygal instructed the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine to prepare this bill. As Karandaev noted, the initiative will allow “to implement those challenges and tasks that should help the Ukrainian society to master the English language and give it a higher status.” At the same time, none of the provisions of this bill on the status of the English language can and will not be interpreted as “aimed at narrowing the use of the Ukrainian language,” the Deputy Minister stressed.
In June, Shmyhal said that English could get the status of a business language in Ukraine. This language is used in business communication “all over the civilized world”, and if Ukraine grants it such a status, it will “contribute to business development, attract investment and accelerate Ukraine's European integration,” he wrote on Telegram.
The Russian language in Ukraine does not have the status of a state language. The Russian authorities have repeatedly stated that an “open war” has been declared in the country against the Russian language and Russian-speaking education, and Kyiv's actions, according to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, violate numerous international conventions.
In January 2020, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law “On Complete Secondary Education”, according to which education in schools in the language of national communities, including Russian, will be fully carried out only up to the fifth grade (along with the study of the Ukrainian language). Later, by high school, the volume of subjects taught in Ukrainian will increase from 20 to 80%.
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In addition, against the backdrop of a Russian special operation, Taras Kremin, Commissioner for the Protection of the State Language of Ukraine, suggested considering the possibility of replacing Russian language lessons in schools with others subjects in the new academic year. Schools in Zhytomyr will refuse to teach this discipline. In Lvov, classes where instruction was in Russian will be closed, and in schools in Nikolaev it will be completely forbidden to use it.
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