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Plans to remove Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar languages in Crimean schools?

02 Jun 2014 6:10 PM | Anonymous

Radio Svoboda’s Crimean programme reports that parents are being sent questionnaires regarding language preferences. In Kerch the questions pertained to the studying of Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar, with four answers to choose from. The school is proposing to have the two languages either as optional or as a specific subject. The questionnaire, supposedly undertaken in accordance with the Russian Federation’s academic plan, may be aimed at drawing certain conclusions regarding the sense – or lack of such – of teaching Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar. As reported, the only - formerly Ukrainian -  lyceum in Simferopol is to become almost totally Russian-speaking, with three out of four classes at each level in Russian.  Tatyana Sukhina from the Simferopol City Council’s education department claims that this is in full keeping with parents’ wishes, that 86% of the parents decided that they wanted Russian.   Human Rights in Ukraine.  Read More

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