NaUKMA President calls on colleagues to oppose the appointment of D. Tabachnyk Minister of Education


President of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Serhiy Kvit has made an open address to the educational community in which he states:

The appointment of Dmytro Tabachnyk Minister of Education and Science was totally unexpected. This is a politician who places in question Ukrainian identity, suggesting instead a concept of unspecified “Ukrainian – Russian culture”. In Dmytro Tabachnyk’s view the Law “On Holodomor 1932-1933 in Ukraine” places our country “on one level with the most revolting totalitarian dictatorships”. The Minister of Education and Science considers that “the desire to play a petty trick on your neighbour, betray him, make something up, deceiving a close relative, the willingness to lose an eye so that your neighbour goes completely blind, are typical characteristics of the forming Ukrainian nation”.

His remarks like “Halychans are lackeys, who have scarcely learned to wash their hands”,  your neighbour who “virtually have nothing in common with the people of Great Ukraine from either the mentality, religious, linguistic or political point of view”, or about the “battle between the Roman-Orthodox-Halychan and Russian-Orthodox ethnic groups” supposedly developing on Ukraine’s territory,  arouse bemusement since they come from a Doctor of History. Such a position of intolerance to any nation or ethnic culture can be described as xenophobia. In this case we are talking about hatred for Ukrainians and Ukrainian culture on the part of a minister who answers for State policy in education.

Sensitivity to lack of tolerance has been a hallmark of the entire post-War world, especially Europe. Therefore such a minister cannot take part in negotiations with ministers of civilized countries, cannot answer for our country’s science and education.

Ukraine needs unity and culture, our education and science need to develop in quality and competitiveness on the global arena, and universities – autonomy. Dmytro Tabachnyk cannot take on these tasks since the humanitarian field is not built on hatred and lies.

Let us not be indifferent today since our school and university students will not forgive us for that tomorrow! True pedagogy begins from ones own example, from upholding ones own dignity. We call on you to speak out publicly against Dmytro Tabachnyk, a person who is unacceptable for such an important and responsible position, as Ukraine’s Minister of Education and Science.

President of the NationalUniversity of the Kyiv-MohylaAcademy, Serhiy Kvit

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