MES believes that not all destroyed schools need to be restored

19:49 15 November Kyiv, Ukraine

The Ministry of Education and Science is working on a strategy for restoring Ukrainian schools. First of all, educational institutions located outside the zone of active hostilities will be restored.

This was announced by the Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Serhiy Shkarlet.

According to him, probably not all the establishments destroyed by the occupiers will be restored, since this may be inefficient.

The Ministry of Education and Science is working on a strategy to create a network of large pivotal schools with its own fleet of school buses to transport students.
“I'm not talking about the total reduction of schools. In reality, we must jump over the post-war period, in general, the situation that was in education. Perhaps some schools are not worth restoring, because their restoration in terms of costs, in terms of efficiency, will not be so effective.. If you make a certain large pivotal school, fill it with teachers, maybe you don’t need to restore it,” Shkarlet said.
The minister also spoke about plans to create educational hubs on the territory of such educational institutions, which will be divided into preschool and out-of-school education, as well as grades 1-4.
"Where there are pivotal schools, a branch of pivotal schools, make a high-quality suspension, fill with high-quality teachers and all the necessary equipment. To date, such a strategy exists and it is being developed,” the minister explained.
He added that foreign donors, in particular the European Union, allocated 100 million euros to Ukraine for the restoration of destroyed schools.

The funds will be distributed in two tranches: 34 million euros and 66 million euros. First of all, educational institutions located outside the zone of active hostilities will be restored.

According to the minister, next year it is also planned to allocate 1 billion hryvnias of state subvention for the School Bus program and 1.5 billion hryvnias for safety in schools, including storage facilities.