The Ukrainian Academy of Sciences was created on November 14, 1918. The Co-chairman of the OPPOSITION BLOC in the parliament, Oleksandr Vilkul introduced a package of draft laws on the support of science and education in order to the next anniversary did not become the last year of the history of Ukrainian science.
The oppositionist wrote on his Facebook page: "How do we get the Nobel laureates if the 99th anniversary of the Academy of Sciences is met with a reduction from 22 to 9 compulsory subjects in the school?"
Vilkul said, "The low-skilled labor will be trained in schools, and more than a thousand schools have been closed. But even talented young people who want to break up, there will be nobody to develop in the scientific world – over 6 thousand scientists, doctors and candidates of sciences have been reduced over three years. They also go abroad... And now compare: according to UNESCO, over the past 20 years the number of scientists in the world has increased by 25%. Business and society are becoming technological, and the growth of GDP and the success of the country directly depend on scientific developments."
Oleksandr Vilkul submitted a number of draft laws to the parliament, which were developed jointly with scientists to preserve the scientific potential of Ukraine. Draft Laws No.6188, 6189, 6412 are aimed at increasing the financing of science. In addition, the oppositionist submitted changes to the draft State Budget-2018, aimed at increasing spending on education.
"Draft Law No. 2721 returns a ban on the closure of schools. Since 2015, the government not only allowed it to be done, but now it has also passed laws on, in fact, the possibility of shadow privatization of facilities. I consider it unfair when the government takes scholarships away from students. Therefore, introduced draft Law No. 6191, which increases the amount and size of academic and social scholarships to students of vocational schools, universities, orphans, and disabled students by one and a half to two times," Vilkul said.
He noted that funding for these purposes should be taken by optimizing excessively raised costs for officials and law enforcement officers and at the expense of the working economy. "We also submitted draft laws on the support of industry," Oleksandr Vilkul stressed.
It should be reminded that the OPPOSITION BLOC submitted to the Constitutional Court an appeal to repeal the Law "On Education", which was adopted by the pro-government majority of the Verkhovna Rada. This Law violates the Constitution of Ukraine and the European Charter of Regional Languages. The officials of Hungary, Romania, Moldova, and Poland also criticized the new law on education.