The deputy of the Zhytomyr Regional Council from the OPPOSITION BLOC Oleksandr Chernomorets stated this during a meeting with MPs, representatives of the Inter-Factional Association “Women. Peace. Security”.
Neighboring Poland spent decentralization about 20 years. Beginning with the reform, the Poles allocated enough funds and created a basic infrastructure, paying special attention to schools and kindergartens. In the opinion of Oleksandr Chernomorets, Ukraine would have to adopt this experience. After all, moving at a gallop, as it is today, in 2-3 years in the communities there will be big problems.
“The realities of today are as follows: in the morning of the child, who may not even have had time to have breakfast, in a cold, collapsing bus they drive for 25-30 km to school. Not all schools have good dining rooms with meals, and from school this child returns at 16-17 pm. He ends up doing his homework, he’s probably closer to the night. And the next morning, this exhausted child is again forced to rush to the school bus. All this is unlikely to improve the level of knowledge of children. In previous years, the average enrollment rate, which failed external testing in the Ukrainian language and literature was 8%, and in 2018 sharply reached 14%. Now let's imagine what will happen in a year or two?” Oleksandr Chernomorets said.
Investing in children, creating conditions for their development and education is a direct duty of the state, which should not shy away from its fulfillment, the oppositionist believes.
“The result of all this optimization of schools will be the lack of quality education for children in rural areas, and hence the lost future. The OPPOSITION BLOC of the Zhytomyr region requires the government to do everything to ensure that children and teachers are provided with comfortable conditions for training and work. Decentralization should not be a hindrance to the development of the child and violate the constitutional right to receive education,” Oleksandr Chernomorets summarized.