Iryna Meged, a teacher of literature at Kyiv’s technical lyceum, was disgusted by the ministry’s recent actions. Hundreds of teachers on April 5 were called in to what was supposed to be a discussion with the ministry on what the literature curriculum should be in schools.
The plot thickened as the offended teacher found the new school literature course on the web. Shocked by what she found, she decided to write a letter to the minister himself.
The teachers felt it was wrong to remove classics like “Faust,” “Little Prince” and “Mowgli” from the literature course for grades five to nine, and replace them with Paulo Coelho’s “Alchemist,” Anna Gavalda’s “95 Pounds of Hope” and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, particularly when the ministry did it single-handedly, with no public debate.