In Abranka, the community oppose the closing of school (PHOTOS)
Villagers of Abranka in Volovets district protest against closing of the village school. Recently, the village authorities were notified that the school would be closed, because of low number of pupils. On that same week, the chairman of the Regional Council Ivan Baloha by his order formed a working group which on Friday left to the village, in order to assess the situation. It includes: member of the Regional Council from Volovets district Mykhailo Reblyan, Regional Council members Ivan Mykulets, Mykhailo Motylchak, the deputy manager of the Regional Council executive staff Ivan Biben, members of the Regional Council staff.
Today, there are over 600 residents and 185 households in the village of Abranka. The village is located about twenty kilometers from the district center. The school currently has 48 students. This fall, 8 first graders will sit behind school desks.
On Friday, in the school building, regional council deputies, representatives of the working group met with the village community, the parent committee and teaching staff.
According to the village head Igor Shyshkanynets, officials propose to close the school, and drive children to neighboring village schools on dangerous roads.
Member of the Regional Council, Mykhailo Motylchak noted that the current legislation provides a condition for closing the school - the consent of the local community. "We took a tour of the school - the classrooms are repaired, the building is prepared for the new school year. There are 13 teachers here, three of whom have two degrees, one - three. In the primary grades there are 5 to 10 children, only in 5-9 grades there is a shortage of pupils, but in two or three years, the problem will be solved, because the birth rate is increasing" - the educator said.
Village authorities and school parent committee believe that the current school is comfortable for their children, and claims of district officials about the alleged low occupancy are only a pretext for closing the school. The community is rightly outraged, because they are trying to deprive the village children of their the right to receive education. People are willing to even resort to extreme actions - to block the Kyiv-Chop highway.
Mykhailo Reblyan, an ex-head of the district, and now a deputy of the regional council noted that in 2008, with the assistance of Ivan Baloha, a kindergarten was opened in the village. Today, it is attended by 30 children, and now there is even a queue to the establishment. "We see that we must work for the future. School and kindergarten in the village are its educational and cultural center. And it is unacceptable to close those facilities. I am sure that other colleagues from the Regional Council will support us in this matter. We will support the community"- the deputy said.
In turn, Abranka village head Igor Shyshkanynets thanked the Regional Council Chairman Ivan Baloha, who promptly responded to the appeal of the village community and established a working group to study the issue. "The stance of the village residents and authorities is decisive - it is unacceptable to leave the village without educational establishment. The community have not given and are not going to give the consent to close the school. And we will defend our rights with all available legal methods", - the village head concluded.
Source - Press Office of the Regional Council
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