The Belarusian language in education

Although the government officially pursues a policy of equal access to education, in reality, the civil, social, cultural and economic rights of citizens are often limited and violated in Belarus’ educational system.

Despite the fact that 23% of the population uses the Belarusian language in everyday communication (according to the 2009 census), only 0.9% of students have the opportunity to study the Belarusian language. The International Labor Organization recognized the mandatory distribution of graduates studying at the expense of the budget as a flagrant violation of the forced labor prohibition principle. Persons with disabilities are not provided full access to higher education; the elements of gender inequality could be traced in school curriculas.