At the Government
meeting on Wednesday, November 11, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed
that an education act is one of the essential reforms for 2016: "Without upgrading
secondary education, we have reformed higher education. Thus, we have repaired the
roof but the foundation remained old. Hence, now we should engage in overhaul
of the basis of the Ukrainian education system which is secondary school”.
session Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Serhii
Kvit presented a bill on the education reform.
noted the importance to envisage in the act the election of school principals through
open competitions. He recalled that such competition processes had been held in
Kyiv, a relevant decision had been taken by Chernivtsi
officials, however, this practice should be extended to the whole country.
that the bill should provide for specific mechanisms to facilitate optimizing
the network of educational institutions by local authorities: "Now the only
way to convince that it is crucial to optimize the network is to show what is the best school, strong teachers and the best environment
for each student. Only then parents and children will realize that it is
not just an institution where they can get a piece of paper on secondary
education but an educational institution that provides knowledge and an
opportunity to enter a higher educational institution".
In the first
stage, Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed, we should establish the so-called hub
schools in each regional centre – the schools, "which could demonstrate what
is a European quality of education, beginning with a school building and ending
with teachers who receive a corresponding salary and have an opportunity to
teach our children."
urged Serhii Kvit to
conduct meetings and consultations with all factions regarding this act. This
law should be voted in Parliament in whole by the end of year, the Prime
Minister summed up.