Oleg Ohredko about the lack of information on the state of affairs in the education of the Crimea

Oleg Ohredko

Oleg Ohredko

Oleg Okredko: “Lack of information on the state of education in the temporarily occupied peninsula not only does not provide an opportunity to develop strategic plans for the reintegration of the occupied Crimea, but also to respond to the current situation, to correct the actions of state authorities in the education system”

The expert provides a clear and thorough analysis of the information requests of the editorial office of the newspaper “Crimean Light” (hereinafter COP) to the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine (hereinafter MES)

COP Question: Does the Ministry monitor the state and quality of education in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine, Crimea and Sevastopol, in particular the militarization of education and its impact on the minds of children?

MES Response: (MES Response # 1 / 11-9645 dated 4/11/2019)

The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, on the basis of current legislation, does not monitor the status and quality of education in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine Crimea and Sevastopol.

Expert: “According to the answer of the Ministry of Education and Science №1 / 11-9645 of 04.11.2019, the Ministry of Education and Science does not monitor the educational field of the temporarily occupied Crimea, which indicates that there is no systematic approach to the education situation of citizens who are on the occupied peninsula. Lack of information on the state of affairs in the education of the temporarily occupied peninsula not only makes it impossible to develop strategic plans for the reintegration of the occupied Crimea, but also to respond to the current situation, to correct the actions of state authorities in the education system. “

COP questions: Have the Ministry filed a request for information on the Unified Register of Pre-trial Investigations with the subsequent opening of criminal proceedings for violations of the rights of children residing in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, to receive education in the Ukrainian language, in The Hague on April 19, 2017?

MES Response: (MES Response # 1 / 11-9645 dated 4/11/2019)

Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine requests to submit information to the Unified Register of Pre-trial Investigations with the subsequent opening of criminal proceedings for violation of the rights of children residing in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol to receive education in Ukrainian according to the UN Decision The Hague of April 19, 2017 was not filed.

Expert: «Self-removal of the Ministry of Education and Science from the implementation of the decision of the International Court of Justice in The Hague of April 19, 2017 worsens the situation with the protection of the rights of Ukrainian citizens in the temporarily occupied Crimea in the field of preservation of civic and national identity, which creates a critical situation with the possibility of teaching citizens of Ukraine language indicates a lack of public policy in this matter. “

COP Question: Number of children living in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine, Crimea, and Sevastopol, and studying by distance / external education in educational establishments in other regions of Ukraine. Please provide information by region and year, starting in 2016.

MES Response: (MES Response # 4 / 2896-19 dated 4/11/2019) Collection of statistical information on distance education is from 2016/2017 academic year. So in 2016/2017 1293 students enrolled in distance learning, 3050 in the 2017/2018 academic year, and 5535 in 2018/2019.

Expert: “ According to the answer of the Ministry of Education and Science №4 / 2896-19 of 04.11.2019, the Ministry of Education and Science concerning the teaching of distance / externally children from the temporarily occupied Crimea, the Ministry of Education and Science from the temporarily occupied Crimea. “

COP questions: Have programs / programs for social and psychological adaptation and integration into Ukrainian society of children / young people living in temporary occupied territories been developed by your institution and implemented in educational institutions? If so, what are the (name) programs and in which higher education institutions or institutions have they already been implemented?

MES response: (MES replies №4 / 2896-19 dated 04.11.2019) 76 of the Law of Ukraine “On Education” is a psychological service. Safe Space Correction and Development Program was developed for the specialists of this service. The purpose of the program is to increase the resilience to the effects of stress of preschool children, primary school children and adolescents after psycho-traumatic events.

Expert: “ With the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Ukraine has developed a Correctional and Developmental Program for Stress Resistance in Preschool Children and Schoolchildren, Safe Space” (Approved for use by the Institute for Modernization of the Education Content of the MES of Ukraine (Letter No. 21.1 / 12- G-300 of 0827.06.2017), which is positioned by the development due to the fact that “Ukrainian society today is experiencing another crisis related to many factors. The most devastating circumstance of today is the armed conflict in the east of the state” (P.6 ) [1] . However, in so Some do not know the basic information about the implementation of this program, its effectiveness, and distribution of adjustment. There are no other applications. “

COP Question: Number of children living in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, who have entered higher education institutions under the simplified system through Crimean Ukraine educational centers, broken down by higher education institutions and years of entry by the table provided.

MES Response: (MES Response # 4.4.4 / 133-19 dated 06/11/2019)

In accordance with the Law of Ukraine “On Ensuring the Rights and Freedoms of Citizens and the Legal Regime in the Temporarily Occupied Territory of Ukraine”, the Procedure for Admission for Higher Education and Professional (Vocational-Technical) Education of Persons Residing in the Temporarily Occupied Territory of Ukraine about general secondary education and peculiarities of admission conditions for obtaining higher and professionally technical persons residing in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol.

To organize admission for training for such persons in 2019, as during the inaugural campaign 2016, 2017, 2018, 35 Crimean-Ukraine educational centers were operating on the basis of authorized higher education institutions in the cities: Dnipro, Zaporizhzhia, Kiev, Lviv , Nikolaev, Kharkov, Kherson, Odessa.

Expert: On the answer of the Ministry of Education and Science № 3.4.4 / 133-19 dated 06.11.2019, it is possible to say that this is a simple answer that does not answer the question posed, but simulates the answer by providing different information in the field of the question itself (regarding entry through Education Centers “Ukraine – Crimea”). That is, the request concerned statistics, without which the MES would not have been able to summarize and issue a general figure, but this information is missing.

Oleg OKREDKO,

education expert at the Almenda Civic Education Center