Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov announced the need to switch to the Latin alphabet and study English together with a Ukrainian institution from preschool age in an interview with Radio Svoboda.
Today, only the Cyrillic alphabet is officially used to record the Ukrainian language. However, there are official Latinization standards that are used to convey Ukrainian proper names in international documents and languages based on the Latin alphabet, and disputes over the status and form of Ukrainian Latin – the so-called “alphabet war” – actually continue to this day. The fact is that modern official standards of Romanization, which are based on English spelling, do not fully fall under the concept of “Ukrainian Latin”. They are not used to record the language, but only to transliterate Ukrainian proper names into Latin. The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council believes that the transition from Cyrillic to Latin is “one of the fundamental things.”
It is important to stipulate that at present this is only the position of the official and no legislative initiatives in this direction are visible yet.
“I am for [офіційне запровадження латинки]. I think it will be one of the fundamental things that we need to get rid of Cyrillic and switch to Latin. “
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine
The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council also supported the idea of compulsory study of English on a par with Ukrainian.
“I am for two languages in our country. English must be required. Because if we talk about the civilized world, then English is the language of civilized communication. And we have to understand that everyone should know English. It is difficult for those who are already elderly, it is one thing, and, starting from kindergarten, it should be in schools. “
It is worth mentioning that earlier the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine proposed to consolidate the knowledge of English at the intermediate level B1 (Intermediate) by 2023 as a prerequisite for admission to the bachelor’s degree.
The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine wants to make knowledge of English a prerequisite for admission to universities until 2023