Good evening, my fellow Ukrainian families!
This year we, as the Government, have set several social priority lines,
education is amongst the key ones; the education of our children, for they are
the future of our country. Secondary education is something that creates the
basis for the future of the nation as it enables our children to receive the
advanced knowledge they need, to pass the external independent testing, to
enter higher educational institutions, to obtain comprehensive understanding
and after, a profession and a career.
In the past two years we have embarked on the major reform of higher
education. We endorsed this is a new education law. We signed an agreement on
participation in the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, which enables
Ukrainian scientists and students to benefit from European funding, European
knowledge and a European quality of education.
Now our main concern is our secondary schools. Overall, around 4 million
children are covered by compulsory education. 17 thousand schools with nearly
half a million teachers provide our children with an opportunity to learn. I would
single out quality as the principle criteria of knowledge. To ensure a higher
quality of secondary education, the Government has developed a new advanced
system – a project entitled ‘hub’ schools. What does this project of ‘hub’
schools mean? It means a new education system, quality education for children
particularly for those who study in small towns and villages. ‘Hub’ schools
will have new investment for the teaching and learning processes and for the
quality of knowledge. These schools will be provided with free Internet, in
such schools there will be new, well equipped classrooms for physics,
mathematics, chemistry, biology. Each ‘hub’ school will have its own multimedia
complex based on advanced IT-technologies. In such schools funds will be spent
on the repair of gyms and classrooms. In such schools energy efficiency
measures will be introduced to include plastic framed, double-glazed windows
and insulation of school buildings so that the conditions are right for our
children to study effectively.
In addition to this, teachers will have new opportunities to increase
their wages. The funds obtained as a result of optimizing the network of
schools will remain in the ‘hub’ schools and these will be used by headmasters
at their discretion to improve the technical and administrative support of the
school and to increase the salaries of teachers.
Each hub school will have at least three branches. A branch means a
primary school, i.e. for children from 1st to 4th grade. After grade 4 children
will have the opportunity to study in a high-quality ‘hub’ school that meets
the criteria I have just outlined. What is necessary to ensure the
establishment of such schools?
First, the funds. Last year we allocated UAH 100 million ($3.85 million)
to purchase over 300 multimedia classrooms all across the country. This year
the Government has planned to allocate UAH 200 million ($7.7 million) to
establish hub schools across Ukraine. In addition, we will receive donor
assistance from international financial institutions. Overall this year we will
open 100 basic hub schools.
To ensure the safe transportation of our children to such hub schools,
buses and better roads are necessary. This year the Government has allocated
UAH500 million ($19.2 million) for the purchase of new school buses. On the
basis of co-funding with our local authorities, by the 1st of September 2016 we
can buy a thousand school buses. I have therefore asked local governments to
immediately announce tenders for the supply of new school buses.
Roads. The financial decentralization process has resulted in a
significant increase of revenues to the local budgets. Therefore, when planning
a system of hub schools I appeal to local self-government bodies to direct the
lion’s share of these funds to the repair of the roads, to facilitate our
children getting to our new Ukrainian high quality hub schools in new school
As a matter of fact, this year road projects constitute another key
priority for the Government. Last year we commenced and completed the
construction of the Lviv-Ivano- Frankivsk highway. We conducted a fair and
transparent tender. As a result of the tender, the cost of construction of the
road connecting Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk was reduced by 30% for the same
quality. Besides that, to accelerate road construction projects we carried out
an experiment. Extra revenues received by the customs were divided in half with
these funds being directed to local budgets to be spent directly on the
construction and repair of roads in four Oblasts.
What is the outcome of this experiment last year? Lviv region received an
additional resource worth UAH 312 million ($12 million) for the repair and
construction of roads. Chernivtsi region received UAH 129 million ($4.95
million). Volyn region received UAH 104 million ($4 million). Unfortunately,
this experiment was not successful in the Odessa region.
This year the situation has improved markedly and as a result of the
continuation of the experiment, an overall amount worth almost a billion
hryvnia ($ 38.5 million), is to be spent for the construction and
reconstruction of roads in four areas. The total funding for road construction
this year will be about UAH 14 billion ($528 million) which will enable us to
renovate and construct 1,700 kilometers.
I want to detail for you the roads which will undergo repair,
restoration and construction activity in 2016.
We have planned major construction work on the following highways:
Dnipropetrovsk - Mykolayiv, Odessa-Reni, Stryi-Chernivtsi and on routes
Kyiv-Kharkiv-Dovzhansky, Kyiv-Odessa, Kyiv-Chernihiv-Novi Jarylovychi.
Restoration activities will continue on routes Lviv-Radekhiv-Lutsk,
Lviv-Sambir-Uzhgorod, Zhytomyr-Chernivtsi, as well as in Kyiv-Chop and
A complete list of all the motorways to be repaired and restored in the
current year will be approved by the Government next week. The construction and
repair of roads however in your cities, villages and districts is now the
responsibility of your local authority.
But to bring about changes in the country we need political and economic stability.
Dear political players, forget about the political games and intrigue,
we have more important matters to attend to. I invite the members of the
coalition to restore stability inside Ukraine’s pro-European parliamentary
coalition, to allow the Government do their job and bare its responsibility to
the Ukrainian people.
In the recent
past I have called upon my political opponents to present an alternative plan
and an alternative team to enact changes, but to date they failed to do so.
The program of this Government is to create new jobs, to reduce poverty,
to trigger economic growth and to pursue the reforms we embarked on two years
ago. If someone has a better program, a stronger team and a coalition willing
to support it, please present it to the people of Ukraine for presently we bear
the full weight of our responsibility.
Finally I would like to switch from politics to our Ukrainian womenfolk,
our beautiful Ukrainian ladies who with their love, their care and their
devotion maintain our nation. Thank you, for you are the best in the world, for
your love, for your beauty, for your loyalty and for your support.
May God protect you, our families and our country!