The ban on the use of the Russian language is introduced in schools in the Ukrainian city of Nikolaev from September 1. This was written by a member of the executive committee of the Nikolaev City Council Ekaterina Stokolias on her Facebook page (the social network belongs to the extremist organization Meta banned in Russia).
“Yesterday, the executive committee voted for a ban on the use of the Russian language in institutions of general secondary education in the city of Nikolaev. <…> From September 1, no electives, courses, junior classes with the Russian language of instruction and design of the educational environment, & mdash; the message says.
Earlier, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Andriy Vitrenko said that Ukraine plans to exclude Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace. from the school curriculum in literature. Also, the Ukrainian authorities plan to exclude from the school curriculum other works by Russian-speaking authors that describe the actions of the Russian, Soviet or Russian army.
In mid-April, Taras Kremin, Commissioner for the Protection of the State Language of Ukraine, proposed replacing the teaching of the Russian language with other subjects in those schools where Russian is still being studied. He proposed to make changes from September 1, and before that, send specialized teachers “on idle time.” Among the subjects that can replace the Russian language, Kremin named the history of Ukraine, Ukrainian and English languages and mathematics.
In Ukraine, since 2019, a law has been in force that secures exclusive rights for the Ukrainian language. The law on the exclusive status of the language defines a list of persons who are required to speak Ukrainian and use it in the performance of official duties. These are the leadership of the country, parliamentarians, judges and prosecutors, employees of the National Bank of Ukraine, contract officers, as well as teachers and doctors of state institutions. The law provides that all citizens of Ukraine must know the national language.
The document does not apply to private communication and religious rites, but affects the media, for which the Ukrainian language becomes mandatory even for the Internet -versions. The share of Ukrainian on national channels from mid-July 2024 will have to be at least 90%, the law obliges to duplicate programs in other languages. Printed media in foreign languages, including Russian, must publish a similar circulation in Ukrainian with identical content.
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