Oleh Bereziuk: “Schools are closed down, whereas illegal gambling clubs pop up like mushrooms after a spring rain”

The authorities are talking a lot about the Constitution these days. But do they themselves fulfill their functions under this Document? Answering this question, the head of the Samopomich faction in the Verkhovna Rada, Oleh Bereziuk, notes: “Let me draw a single example – 38 schoolchildren in a community of the Lviv region are being robbed by the Ukrainian government, because they are not going to receive an educational subvention. Why? Because the government decided to save or “effectively use the money for education”, and now it will not provide money for the students who study in classes with less than 5 children. Is this even constitutional? Or is it a way for the government to cover its deficit of 200 billion, which were lost because of the customs, no transfer pricing and poor tariff policy?”

According to the politician, the Cabinet has decided that the educational subvention should consist exclusively of teachers’ salaries, and all other expenses (walls, windows, doors) were transferred to local self-government. “And where should the latter get this money from? From the 75% discount for “Ukrnafta” and “Ukrzaliznytsia” for their lease of land – which is the money that was supposed to go to local budgets?” the people’s deputy is indignant.

Moreover, those teachers who begin to fight for the children and their jobs in the village, which will disappear if the school in it disappears, are being threatened with prosecutors. Oleh Bereziuk underscores, “I wish the prosecutors were threatening the dishonest officials at the customs.”

So, while schools are being closed down, illegal gambling clubs are popping up like mushrooms after a spring rain all over the country. And all this is covered by the law enforcers. “In small villages, district centres, micro-districts,” the MP talks about the scale of the gambling problem.

He concludes, “Today I am appealing to the government of Ukraine. It is true that you have submitted the budget; however, this is the centralization budget, the one that cuts expenses on children, instead of looking for money in the pockets of the oligarchs. Stop this pseudo-optimization of recourses in the sphere of education. You scoff at children and teachers! And, please, close down the notorious system of gambling clubs, which is flourishing all around the country. This is a real crime.

Unless you do this, there is no point talking about any changes in the Constitution. Because the Constitution guarantees people’s rights and freedoms. Meanwhile, you are taking them away.”

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