“Even the Ministry of Education and Science Can’t Figure It Out”: Why the Student Scholarship Scandal Arose – novosti-lvov

Students of the Lviv National University. Ivan Franko understood this issue and explained why this situation arose.

To the topic Scholarships will be increased for Ukrainian students from January 2022: who will be paid twice as much

Scholarship issue The government regulates through two ordinances:

  • No. 882 of July 12, 2004 – it contains a clause on the limit of scholarship holders,
  • No. 1047 of December 28, 2016 – it determines the amount of academic scholarships.

First, the percentage of scholarship holders was reduced

However, on September 1, information appeared about an increase in scholarships, but for this it was decided to reduce the limit of scholarship holders.

Decree No. 933 was issued, which made changes to the two above-mentioned basic decrees. Respectively reducing the limit from 40-45% to 35-40% and increasing the amount of academic scholarships. The resolution stated that the changes will come into force on January 1, 2022,
the students said.

Subsequently, this limit in scholarships was removed

The reduction of the limit caused a great resonance among students, student government bodies and specialized trade unions. And then a new resolution No. 1256 of December 2, 2021 was issued, which returned the “old” limit – we are talking about 40 – 45%. The changes came into effect on December 9th.

However, the new December ruling did not override the previous September ruling. Therefore, after 22 days of legal action, the resolution lost its legal force and went to the government archive, and already on January 1, resolution No. 933 came into force with new scholarships and reduced scholarship limits,
LNU students say.

So why was it necessary to issue a decree that was in effect for just over three weeks? Students believe that the reason for this is lack of coordination in the work of the Cabinet of Ministers or official negligence and sabotage.

Students appealed to the government

In any case, the reduced scholarship limit will deprive dozens of students of the opportunity to receive academic scholarships.

“Therefore, we appeal to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine with a request to immediately adopt a resolution that would returned the limit of fellows to the level of 40 – 45% in the coming weeks,” they wrote.

The students also turned to the deputies with a request to pay attention to this problem and do everything so that student-centrism is not only in the laws, but also in the decisions of the Ukrainian government.

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Text of the LNU Student Government publication:

Very soon we will receive rating lists based on the results of the winter session. And it’s cool. But it is still unknown what will happen to the percentage of scholarship holders, because even the ministry cannot figure it out to the end.

We will try to explain to you how it happened and whether it is worth looking for betrayal. The issues of scholarship provision are regulated by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine with the help of two resolutions: No. 882 of July 12, 2004 (we are primarily interested in the clause regarding the limit of scholarship holders) and No. 1047 of December 28, 2016 (it is this resolution that determines the amount of academic scholarships).

When on September 1, most of the media happily wrote about the increase in scholarships, bypassing the reduction in the limit of scholarship holders, decree No. 933 was issued, which made changes to the two above-mentioned basic decrees.

Accordingly, by reducing the limit from 40-45% to 35-40% and increasing the amount of academic scholarships, an ordinary academic scholarship from January 1 is 2,000 hryvnias. The resolution stated that the changes will come into force on January 1, 2022.

The reduction of the limit caused a great resonance among students, student government bodies and specialized trade unions. And then decree No. 1256 of December 2, 2021 was issued, which returned the limit to the “pre-September” times – 40-45%. The changes came into effect on December 9th. However, the new December resolution in no way canceled the previous September resolution.

Therefore, after 22 days of legal action, the decision lost its legal force and went to the government archive, and from January 1, Decree No. 933 came into force with new scholarships and reduced limits for scholarship holders.

And here you may have a question, why was it necessary to issue a decree that was in effect for a little more than three weeks? We have an answer – this is either lack of coordination in the work of the Cabinet of Ministers, or official negligence and sabotage.

In any case, the reduced scholarship limit will deprive dozens of students of the opportunity to receive academic scholarships (which, despite the increase, is still less than the living wage).

Therefore, we appeal to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine with a request to immediately adopt a resolution that would return the limit of scholarship holders to the level of 40-45% in the coming weeks.

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