Pushkin, Tolstoy, Lermontov, and other russian authors will not be studied in Ukrainian schools
In Ukraine, works by russian and soviet authors will be removed from the foreign literature school curriculum.
This is stated in a decision of the Ministry of Education and Science panel on the udpate of curriculum content for secondary schools, Chytomo reports.
Namely, the panel decided:
- to remove the works of russian and Belarusian authors from the standard level foreign literature curriculum for grades 6-9 and 10-11 and replace them with works of foreign authors;
- to remove the works of russian and Belarusian authors from the specialized level foreign literature curriculum for grades 10-11 and replace them with works of foreign authors;
- to recommend transferring the study of the works of Mykola Hohol and Tair Khalilov to the Ukrainian literature curriculum;
- to emphasize the importance and relevance of the subject "Foreign Literature" as a nation-building and spiritually significant one along with the subjects "Ukrainian language" and "Ukrainian literature;"
- to recommend the authors of model foreign literature curricula to make appropriate changes with regards to russian and Belarusian content.
Among the authors whose works will no longer be studied by Ukrainian pupils are Alexander Pushkin, Anton Chekhov, Mikhail Lermontov, Mikhail Bulgakov, Leo Tolstoy, Ivan Turgenev, Ivan Bunin, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Sergei Yesenin, Boris Pasternak, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Anna Akhmatova, Marina Tsvetayeva.
The panel includes Vira Ageyeva, Olha Nikolenko, Olena Isayeva, Lydia Kavun, Nina Bernadska, Yuriy Kovbasenko, as well as other professors of higher education institutions and school principals.
The full list of the works that have been removed and the ones they have been replaced with can be viewed here.
It will be recalled that the Ministry of Education also plans to change the requirements for the methodology of teaching Ukrainian history and world history.
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