The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, has not supported a draft resolution on an appeal to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych with a proposal to dismiss Minister of Education and Science, Youth and Sports Dmytro Tabachnyk.

Only 141 MPs voted for a respective document, with at least 226 votes needed, UKRINFORM reports.

During the presentation of the draft document, one of its authors, Verkhovna Rada Deputy Chairman Mykola Tomenko, said that public policy in the education sector had collapsed under the leadership of Tabachnyk. He said that in particular, budget funds allocated for the purchase of textbooks and teaching aids had been misused. "This has led to a breakdown of the campaign for the publication of school textbooks in 2010 and 2011. According to the Accounting Chamber, 44 million hryvnias were allocated for this goal and they were embezzled. Using these funds, it would be possible to print an additional 3.4 million textbooks," the vice-speaker said.

He recalled that the head of state also criticized the education minister and even called his actions "an anti-example for reform."

In addition, the explanatory note to the draft resolution also said that Tabachnyk's public statements on his anti-Ukrainian and anti-state position on many issues of Ukrainian history and culture were incompatible with the high status of minister.

According to Tomenko, "Dmytro Tabachnyk is a Russian nationalist in the Ukrainian government." "It's hard to find such a man even in the Russian government, a man who would hate everything related to Ukraine," he said.

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