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“Entrants from TOT and areas along the contact line are increasingly choosing other regions for entering in an attempt to leave the Donbas”

Aug. 25, 2021, 5:49 p.m.

More and more entrants from the temporarily occupied territories want to enter Ukrainian universities. This is illustrated by the statistics of appeals to the Government hotline, the Dostupna Osvita site, and Education Centers. But, asking the question of whether they have such an opportunity, we must answer rather negatively. Executive Director of the Open Policy Foundation announced this on Public Radio during a broadcast on the problems and prospects of this year's admission campaign for children from the temporarily occupied territories.


The main reasons are the militants who prevent crossing checkpoints from the occupied territories and fines for crossing the border from the Russian Federation. This and last year, a large number of entrants and their parents cross the border with Russia, which is a violation of current Ukrainian law and punishable by a fine of 1,700 hryvnias. The fine was abolished by the decision of the President of Ukraine this year, but, unfortunately, after the completion of the main stage of the admission campaign for children from TOT. These factors are the main reasons for the decrease in the number of entrants from TOT this year.


Moreover, there is a tendency to reduce the number of entrants to displaced universities in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. More often, young people choose other regions: Kharkiv, Kyiv, etc.


“You can look at the dynamics. Let's take the data as of July 25. For example, last year H.S. Skovoroda Kharkiv National Pedagogical University had 16 children from TOT, this year - 25. If we take the Horlivka Institute for Foreign Languages, displaced to Bakhmut, last year 97 residents of the temporarily occupied territories entered this institute, this year - 64. Last year 164 children from TOT entered Volodymyr Dahl East Ukrainian National University, this year - 81,” Iryna ZHDANOVA said. We see a declining trend. Closed EECPs are the main problem. These entrants who graduated from Ukrainian schools in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, districts along the contact line, used to choose displaced HEIs, which were located nearby, but now they choose other regions.


In addition, earlier entrants from the districts of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts near the contact line, who had graduated from Ukrainian schools and also had the right to enter using a simplified procedure, chose displaced educational institutions that were nearby, but now they don’t do this. They want to leave the war zone and depressed region where the war continues and they have big problems with employment. If at the beginning of the war parents were afraid to let their children go far, now they have no problem with this.


Listen to the entire broadcast on Hromadske Radio HERE