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Sep 07, 2017

Hungary objects to new Ukrainian law that abolishes minority languages in schools

The new Ukrainian law will mean secondary school and higher education courses will only be available in Ukrainian, while education in minority languages is restricted to kindergartens and primary schools

The Hungarian government has objected to a new education law passed by Ukraine's parliament which will see minoirty languages stripped from schools.

Árpád János Potápi, state secretary in charge of policy for Hungarian communities abroad, said the government strenuously protested a recent education law passed by Ukraine’s parliament.

According to Potápi's statement, the law strips Ukraine’s ethnic minorities of access to schooling in their mother tongue, restricting their opportunities to prosper in their homeland.

MTI states that the new Ukrainian law will mean secondary school and higher education courses will only be available in Ukrainian, while education in minority languages is restricted to kindergartens and primary schools.

It is an “unprecedented curbing” of the rights of 150,000 ethnic Hungarians and “totally unconstitutional," Potápi said. He added that the new legislation contradicts Ukraine’s earlier pledges not to curb the rights of its Hungarian minority.

The Hungarian government expects Ukraine to re-consider enforcing the law and to change it so the rights of ethnic minorities are not harmed, the statement said.