DONETSK -- Officials say a Ukrainian-language school in the eastern city of Donetsk that was threatened with closure will remain open, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.
Parents of the students at Donetsk's secondary school #136 told RFE/RL on February 22 they have persuaded the local education department to not close the school.
Viktor Kartsev, the head of Donetsk's Budyony district council, assured parents, political activists, journalists, and education officials on February 22 that the school will not be closed as previously planned, as it is clear the number of students will remain high.
The parents of current and future students wrote letters stating they want their children to study at the school and submitted them to Budyony district council officials at a special meeting on February 22.
Donetsk authorities plan to shut down 26 secondary schools (2.5 percent of the
total) this year. Local residents are concerned that most of the schools slated for closure provide education in Ukrainian.
Although there is an almost equal number of Russians and Ukrainians in Donetsk, the use of Russian predominates.
Donetsk is the fifth-largest city in Ukraine, with around 1 million inhabitants. Read more in Ukrainian here