"Our programme task
for 2016 is the quality of secondary education, as secondary
education is the basis for the country's future, for new
high-quality professionals and for Ukraine to have
the human resource capacity to follow the way of
reforms, to include in a decade", said the
Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk at a Government meeting on
Wednesday, 2 March.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk has reminded that the
previous year he appealed to the Ministry of Education and Science
to develop a project of creation of hub
schools: "This is a new high-quality school which delivers
Deputy Minister of Education
and Science Pavlo Khobzey presented
the relevant project at the meeting of the Government.
The Prime Minister asked the
Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine to prepare a framework decree
on the establishment of hub schools to determine the principal
direction of policy for local authorities to pursue on
this issue. Arseniy Yatsenyuk addressed local communities: "You create
one anchor school, we supply buses, you repair the roads and you
receive the amount of funds as much as
ten schools. You raise salaries,
you repair classrooms, purchase hardware. We do not
take a copeck, leave all the funds at your
disposal. Thus, we encourage economically
to go through the process of truly
successful and high quality education."
give a very clear message that if local government chooses the way of
forming of hub schools, the whole financial resource will
remain at their disposal,"
said Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
The Head of Government stressed that he
would hold talks with the heads of regions and persuade them to
announce tenders for the purchase of school buses, to ensure
by September 1 these buses would have been purchased.
The sum of UAH 600 million for the purchase of
school buses, according to the Deputy Minister of Education
and Science, was allocated from the State
Budget. Part of the funds should be transferred from local budgets.
The Head of Government
stressed that local budgets had been filled
in the past year with an additional resource
of UAH 24 billion: "Our decentralization process
is sort of one-way: "Give us money
but don't give responsibility". There are
government priorities. The direct
responsibility of local government is secondary education.
We provide a financial resource, we provide a state
policy. And their task is to implement this state policy jointly
with the Government".
Arseniy Yatsenyuk also stressed the need
to select headmasters of hub schools though
In addition, the Head of Government
reminded that last year’s spendings
for the purchase of equipment for schools included UAH
100 million, whilst this year the Government has
allocated UAH 200 million. He highlighted these funds must
be used by the local authority as was planned.
"In educational policy this is
the main task for 2016. We cannot change everything at
once, but we have to launch this process. Hub
schools, funding for the hub
schools and quality education – I believe it is a top-priority project
for the country and for our children”.