#Commentary of Alla Obolenskaya on elimination of “higher educational establishment” and introduction of “institution of higher education” terms in Ukraine

The government of Ukraine, having tackled all other problems in the country apparently, has recently adopted a resolution, according to which “higher educational establishment” term is changed to “institution of higher education”.

The resolution was adopted to harmonize regulatory enactments with scandalous law on education. This is that very law on education that the world community is constantly reproaching Ukraine for and demanding to amend it according to international law. But instead, the Ukrainian authority is bringing the rest of its legislation in line with this law.

We, of course, understand that changes in the names of educational institutions mean the replacement of documents in all these institutions and much more. Have all other problems been solved in Ukraine? Have they already created adequate housing in dormitories, have they overcome corruption in educational institutions or, probably, found funds to cover heating bills during academic year, so there will be no need to send students off for holidays and distance learning?

Ukrainian mass media report on “the Ice Age” in the Kiev dormitories (and this is the country’s capital, that is, things are much worse in the periphery), when there is no heating in them. Some of them do not have toilets, plaster falls down, but nobody remembers about repairs.

However, all this pales in the shadow of reports about driving students to suicide by teachers, who extorted bribes. The Prosecutor Office in Kiev states that the sums of bribes reach $5 thousand.

Does the Ukrainian government really believe that due to such “serious changes” as the renaming of universities in “institutions of higher education” will be able to reform the education system?

However, the passion for renaming is a well-known Ukrainian disease. Having finished fighting the Soviet heritage in the names of streets and cities, Ukrainian authorities got to the names of educational institutions. The question asks itself: “For whom the bell tolls?”

Alla Obolenskaya, the DPR People’s Council deputy

The official website of the DPR People’s Council

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