On July 8, the Ministry of Finance hosted a meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science and regional state administration. The meeting was devoted to the funding of vocational education. The meeting was attended by Minister of Finance Oleksandr Danyliuk, Deputy Minister of Finance Sergiy Marchenko, Deputy Minister of Education Pavlo Khobzey, interim Chairman of the Parliament’s Committee for science and education Oleksandr Spivakovsky as well as representatives of state administrations from regions with the most critical situation in vocational education funding.
Oleksandr Danyliuk emphasized the constructive position of the Ministry of Finance on solving issues related to the institutions of vocational education whose funding cannot be covered by the budget of respective cities. The Minister informed that the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Education agreed to solve these issues prior to the new educational year.
Another point on the agenda of the meeting referred to the amendments to the Law of Ukraine “On the Transfer of the Rights of State and Municipal Entities” elaborated by the Ministry of Education and Science. According to them, institutions of vocational education should be transferred into the municipal property at the regional level following a simplified procedure. Deputy Minister of Finance Sergiy Marchenko said in this regard that regional state administrations should establish partnerships with the mayors of cities of regional significance and big towns and to handle the issues of the mentioned educational institutions jointly, taking into account the needs and specifics of respective regions.
The participants of the meeting expressed their common opinion declaring that the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Education and Science as well as the Parliament’s Committee for Science and Education should elaborate a joint development strategy for education.