Russian language banned from Kyiv public school – Kyiv Post

The Kyiv City Council has completely excluded the teaching of the Russian language from the curricula of municipal preschool and general secondary educational institutions.

According to the Kyiv City Council press service, the Kyiv City Council held a vote on Thursday, November 10, in which 64 local lawmakers out of 120 council members approved the exclusion of the Russian language from education. local.

According to local legislator Vadym Vasylchuk, who is also the chairman of the Standing Committee for Education and Science, Family, Youth and Sports, in the current conditions of war with the Russian Federation it is inappropriate and incorrect to carry out the educational process and to study Russian in the preschool and general secondary educational establishments belonging to the municipal property of the Kyiv territorial collectivity.

“Russian leaders have repeatedly stated that ‘Russia extends as far as the Russian language is spread’. In this regard, the body of deputies of the Kyiv City Council adopted a decision that will allow it to avoid the escalation of tensions in society and strengthen the protection of the educational space of Kyiv from the hybrid influences of the aggressor state. Language matters, and in times of war it is a matter of national security,” Vasylchuk said.

He added that the decision provides for carrying out organizational and legal actions to groups and classes of transition from Russian to Ukrainian, the state language.

The Kyiv City Council also plans to introduce a moratorium on the public use of Russian-language cultural products in the capital.

At the end of June, the Odessa region and the city of Mykolaiv removed Russian from their school curriculum.

Sylvester L. Goldfarb