Since independence in 1991, the country’s education system has gained a stronger Ukrainian character. The proportion of pupils with Ukrainian as a language of instruction has increased at the expense of the proportion with Russian. Private and confessional schools have also been established since 1991. There are also schools and classes teaching Polish, Romanian, Hungarian and Bulgarian. School is compulsory and free for children ages 7 to 15. The primary school is 4-years old, followed by a 5-year secondary school….