Educational reform should be one of the first priorities for the Ukrainian authorities said President Yushchenko speaking at the meeting with students and faculty of Chernivtsi Yuriy Fedkovych National University, presidential press office reported.

He noted that in recent years were the success in reforming education: the integration of Ukrainian education into the Bologna process, computerization of schools, the ‘school bus’ program, updated textbooks. The expenditures on education have also been increased: in 2000 such expenditures amounted to 2.3 billion and in 2008 - 11.2 bln.

Particularly successful element of education reform the President called the introduction of independent assessment of knowledge of graduates. “We must radically solve the problem of corruption in higher education, particularly at the stage of entrance examinations. We gave a young man a chance to obtain equal access to education trough hard work”, he said.

Victor Yushchenko confirmed that testing has a number of nuances that must be corrected.

The President also expressed hope that the final goal of the education reform is not only upgrading the educational process and content of academic disciplines, but also developing patriotic education of students and the formation of patriotic citizenship.


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