Convoluted and bogus are the two words that best describe the impression one gets from the Conception of Linguistic Education in
This document enables wide-ranging linguistic manipulations. For example, the conception does not provide definitions for such key terms as “state language,” “native language,” “foreign language,” “minority language,” and so on. At the same time, the status of Russian, just like in Soviet times, is elevated to that of a language of international communication rather than a minority language. Meanwhile, the importance of Ukrainian is noticeably reduced. According to the Conception, students will be able to choose the language of instruction, so education received in the state language is no longer a priority for the ministry.
Scholars seriously question the expertise level of those who drafted the Conception. Indeed, the working group tasked with drawing up the document includes faculty from lesser-known institutions, such as the Crimean Republican Institute of Advanced Teacher Training, the South Ukrainian Regional Institute of Advanced Teacher Training, etc. In the opinion of these “specialists,” 67 percent of Ukrainian citizens speak Russian everyday.
At the same time, professors representing such universities as Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Karpenko-Kary University (in particular Viacheslav Briukhovetsky and Vadym Skurativsky), and Lviv University say: “If it [the Conception] is adopted, it will wreak havoc in the system of education, hamper its development, and provoke further division of the Ukrainian society along the linguistic-cultural lines.” However, the ministry is unlikely to lend an ear to the advice of the academic elite, because the deadline for accepting comments expired on 20 January.