It is urgently necessary to reform the system of boarding schools in Ukraine and provide them with funding by the "money follows the child" principle, President Viktor Yanukovych said at the nationwide meeting on children’s rights protection.

"It is time to introduce targeted funding of children’s needs, rather than that of boarding schools... In four years of reforming boarding schools system the Cabinet still has not adopted the provisions on new type institutions," Viktor Yanukovych said. He added that international organizations, charitable foundations, religious communities have already created such institutions in Chernivtsi, Kirovohrad, Kyiv and Cherkasy regions, but their activities are not regulated by the Ukrainian law.

"Practical results are too little so far. Numerous instructions on improving living and education conditions for children at such institutions are barely fulfilled. Newspapers are full of children telling about violations of their rights by the employees of the institutions," Viktor Yanukovych said.

Despite the increase in budget spending on children in boarding schools, most of these funds are directed to address the needs these institutions’ employees, rather than those of the children, he said.

"This situation is unacceptable. This issue requires immediate resolution," said Viktor Yanukovych.

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