On September 25, 2017 president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko signed the Law on Educational Reforms recently adopted by the Supreme Council. In a few hours after signing the law, the Russian media spread “analytics” with fraudulent titles and false information.
Thus, for example, Gazeta.ru website published an article titled “Poroshenko forbid Russian Language in Schools”. The author of the material made his analysis based on the document №2145-VIII signed by the president, but there is no reference to it.
The Law No. 2145-VIII on Educational Reforms includes a number of new points that did not exist in the Ukrainian educational system before.
According to the new law, from September 1, 2018 schoolchildren can get education in a number of foreign languages (including Russian), but it will also be obligatory to study the state language, Ukrainian. The language of instruction for everybody shifts to a state language from the fifth year of study, while foreign language teaching will be a separate subject (as it is in Armenia).
According to Lilia Grievich, Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine, this law is aimed at avoiding a number of inconveniences.
«In the past we had a lot of schoolchildren who did not know Ukrainian after leaving school. As a result, they had many problems when attending higher education institutions, appearing competitively in a more vulnerable group with lower grades in language proficiency », the minister said.
The hysteria of mass media directed by the Russian officials as well as the Kremlin, along with Ukraine, also attacks Armenia.
Recently published concept of teaching the Russian language in Armenian schools has caused a good deal of discontent, what eventually forced Levon Mkrtchyan, Minister of Education and Science, to declare that Russian is a foreign language in Armenia.
From time to time different officials speak about granting status to the Russian language in Armenia. The latest was the speaker of the Russian State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, who announced that Armenian drivers would have problems in Russia as long as Russian has no status in Armenia.
Let us recall that in 2014 one of the leading Russian propaganda machine-makers, Dmitry Kiselyov, who visited the National Assembly, in the presence of deputies Hayk Babukhanyan and Hermine Naghdalyan expressed his dissatisfaction with the role of the Russian language. The journalist specifically said that Armenia should take steps before demanding recognition of NKR, but the opposite is happening, for example, the role of the Russian language in Armenia decreases day by day.
«No Russian schools are left in Yerevan, Russian culture becomes secondary, that is also dangerous. Today I took a taxi, the 20-year-old boy was unable even to count in Russian. Let each of us to do his part of the work», Dmitry Kiselyov said