2015 17/01

Parents of pupils of former Belarusian-speaking class in Baranaviczy Tacciana and Aleh Malaszczanka and Antanina and Vasil Philipczyk appealed to Prosecutor General of the Republic of Belarus.

It is noticed in the appeal that Baranaviczy executive committee, the administration of gymnasium №4, Brest executive committee, Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus deprived them of realization their right to educate their children in the state Belarusian language, which is provided by legislation and international law. The letter reports that in year 2010 a Belarusian speaking form for three pupils was organized at school №14 in Baranaviczy. For four years children studied all the subjects in the Belarusian language according to all the legislation that was adopted in Belarus in the sphere of education and legal rules. In June 2014 the children (two of three girls) – Alisa Philipzyk and Jasia Malaszczanka entered gymnasium №4, as it was planned beforehand, to continue their education in the Belarusian language at a higher level. However it didn’t happened despite the fact that article 50 of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus and article 17 about two state languages to be equal and Educational code from January 13th 2011 №243-З guarantee the right to choose the language of education  and to receive education in any educational institution of the country.

The authors of the appeal complain about that they have to continue to struggle against officials for almost 6 month. Parents write that they had specific hopes for Ministry of Education, but time passes and there are no moves after their reply.  

Tacciana and Aleh Malaszczanka and Antanina and Vasil Philipczyk consider such action of authorities as insult. They add that all citizens are equal under the law and have rights on equal dependence of their rights and legal interests without any discrimination, as it is written in article 22 of the Constitution of the Republic of Belarus.  

The authors of the appeal ask Prosecutor General to defend their legal rights on education in the Belarusian language and to punish the violators of the law.

Quoting spring96.org
Prepared by Ales LETA,
Belarusian Legal Portal,
by.prava-by.info

Inphoto: Jasia Małaščanka, Alisa Filipčyk

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