Human rights groups say that only one of seven Ukrainian schools is still working in the annexed Crimea. The number of classes with Ukrainian education has reduced in six times, and parents are forced to refuse teaching in Ukrainian.
“Russia serves the situation up as that people suddenly refused the Ukrainian language. For example, there was a case in the Yalta Ukrainian High School when the parents were forced and intimidated by an employee of the city Education Department to refuse the Ukrainian language in the school at a parent-teacher meeting in 2014. There are a lot of such examples when school masters being afraid of losing their job close Ukrainian classes or transform them into Russian ones. So the most complex situation is with the Ukrainian language, there is little education in Ukrainian,” said the Coordinator of the Crimean human rights group Olga Skrypnyk.
According to her, there are still schools with education in the Crimean Tatar language on the peninsula. However, they are often used for political purposes.