This was announced by the head of the Department of General Secondary and Preschool Education of the Ministry of Education and Science Yuriy Kononenko on the air of the national telethon.

“Conceptually speaking, it was decided that writers who wrote in Russian, but whose work was closely connected with Ukraine, that is, they were either born in Ukraine, or lived in Ukraine for a long time, or reflected Ukrainian themes in their works, their creativity will remain in educational programs,” Kononenko said.

In particular, he noted, Ukrainian schoolchildren will continue to study the works of Nikolai Gogol, Vladimir Korolenko, Mikhail Bulgakov’s story “The Heart of a Dog”, Anatoly Kuznetsov’s novel “Babi Yar”, the novel “12 Chairs” by Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov.

According to him, instead of Russian writers, more European, American and Asian creators will be included in the program.

“There will not be a very large number of new works included in the program. If earlier some works were studied for additional reading, that is, children, if they wanted, then read them, then some of them have been transferred to textual study. That is, there will be no mass inclusion of works, the skeleton of the program remains as it is … For example, if we talk about something completely new, then Joseph Roth, an Austrian writer, will also be studied in the course of school foreign literature. A lot of writers who worked on the European, American and Asian continents will now be studied in the course of school foreign literature,” Kononenko said.

The Ministry has already prepared a draft order to approve changes to all curricula. The document should be approved at the highest level in the near future.

“From September 1 of the new academic year, children will study according to the new curriculum,” Kononenko summed up.

In June, a group of experts under the Ministry of Education proposed deleting from the list of school literature, a number of Russian works: Krylov’s fables, stories by Chekhov, Bunin, epics about Ilya Muromets, works by Dostoevsky, Bulgakov, Tolstoy, Griboyedov, Blok, Pasternak, Akhmatova, Yesenin, Gumilyov, etc.