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11.06.2010

Big Brother and appointing those responsible for providing information

   

Order No.114 from the Department of Education of the Sviatoshynsk District Administration in Kyiv is difficult to read without Orwell’s “1984” going through ones mind.  The Order from 22 April this year of the 22.04.2010 “On assigning those responsible for providing information” establishes people in each educational institution responsible for “providing information regarding the city authorities, enhancing the quality of information and analytical material on socio-political and highly publicized events in the city and districts”. The motive for the issue of this order is simple: “increasing the attention of the President’s Administration leadership to information regarding the city authorities”, and this information will be sent to the department of internal policy of the State administration

It is difficult to understand what information is expected to interest the President’s Administration, and even harder to understand what relation the President’s Administration has to education workers. And what exactly is to be achieved by education workers being obliged to inform on every step or utterance by colleagues, students or their parents?

It is entirely unclear how such a thing could be possible in a democratic country.

Yet from the Order it is clear that there are to be no hiccups in the provision of information, and that this is no recommendation but an order.

One has the impression that the authorities are convinced of the acceptability of a model of State governance under which the State has the right to be fully present in all spheres of public life. We would note that such a regime is totalitarian. Therefore such a step even at local level can be considered an attempt against the constitutional system of Ukraine and against the rule of law proclaimed by the Constitution, as well as of the rights of individual citizens. This includes the right to freely express their views without fear of punishment if they criticize government policy.

 Department of Education of the

Sviatoshynsk District Administration

in Kyiv

No. 114 from 22.04.2010

 On assigning those responsible for providing information

             In implementation of an instruction from the Mayor of Kyiv dated 02.04.2010 No. 3034 on increasing the attention of the President’s Administration leadership to information regarding the city authorities, enhancing the quality of information and analytical material on socio-political and highly publicized events in the city and districts, including providing swift information about what is happening in the district on a day to day basis –

I order:

That methodologist of the Theoretical-Methodological Centre [TMC] Oleh Valentynovych Byelinsky be made responsible for providing information about the Department of Education;

That TMC Methodologist O.V. Byelinsky provide the department of internal policy with information and analytical material by email or fax by 11 a.m. on the day after carrying out measures.

That the First Deputy Head of the District Department of Education Y.T. Borushevska inform the heads of educational institutions of this Order.

That the heads of educational institutions:

Issue an Order for the educational institution appointing a person responsible for providing information;

Provide the Department of Education by 10 a.m. on the day after measures are carried out with information and analytical material on carrying out educational and cultural measures in educational institutions, as well as consultation meetings attended by the head of the institutions, and meetings with representatives of labour collectives, civic associations, etc.

First Deputy Head of the District Department of Education Y.T. Borushevska shall be responsible for monitoring implementation of the Order.

Head of the Department of Education

 

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