Three Kherson schools categorically refuse to switch to the Ukrainian language. The City Council failed to find the best way to force violent Ukrainization other than to dismiss directors of educational institutions that are unable to ‘convince’ the parents.
The Russian-speaking south of Ukraine quite naturally rejects the artificially imposed alien life rules. In this case, the officials try to shove the functions of compelling the population in violation of all the norms for the protection of human rights, guaranteed by the constitution, on school principals.
The situation was aggravated by the Law on Education, adopted in Ukraine, according to which the teaching in the educational institutions from now on will be conducted exclusively in the Ukrainian language. But pupils and students of ‘national minorities and indigenous peoples’ (Russians, alas, were classified as this category) are guaranteed the right to learn in their native language only within the framework of individual classes. I emphasize once again: not schools, but classes, and this despite the fact that today there is a big problem, since there are not enough places in Russian-speaking general educational institutions in Ukraine for all children who want to study there.
The Donetsk People’s Republic in this regard can be an example of respecting both the rights of its citizens to speak and study in Russian or Ukrainian, and providing such an opportunity. Parents have the opportunity to choose the language of their children’s education, and no one has the right to exert pressure on them.
Miroslav Rudenko, the DPR People’s Council deputy