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The Russian Ministry of Education and Science will introduce per capita financing of school clubs in 2016, following which the supplementary school education system will gradually become threefold. It will be based on traditional after-school programs, clubs and schools (sports and music schools, etc.), as well as newly established technology parks for children. Such was the Education Ministry’s response to the ongoing debate on the preferable model for supplementary school education, or after-school activities, as it used to be called. There are two predominant approaches to the problem. Some say that children...

16.11.2015
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Education

We spoke with Yefim Pivovar, Rector of the Russian State University for the Humanities, Head of the Department of History of Post-Soviet Countries at the MSU Faculty of History and Associate Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, on the uniform standard of teaching history in schools, the reasons for and methods of updating history textbooks and the inevitability of reforming the Unified State Exam. Do you think the new uniform education standard of teaching history in schools is working? I’m glad that we managed to do without a uniform history...

29.10.2015
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Education

Professor Nona Bobokhidze is the director of the Slavic Languages Faculty of the Akaki Tsereteli State University in the Georgian city of Kutaisi. Her team put in one of the most memorable performances at this year’s IV European Student Festival. They chose an unusual way of getting to the festival, travelling four days from Georgia on a ship over the Black Sea to get to the resort town of Kamchia where the festival was held. They spent the time rehearsing their performances, and even gave a recital for the ship’s passengers on the last day of the journey. They are all members of the university’s Russian Club. ...

01.10.2015
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Education

We met with Krakow Russian Centre Director and Pedagogical University of Krakow Professor Helena Ples at the IV European Student Festival, which recently concluded in the Bulgarian Black Sea resort of Kamchia. Helena Ples is already a regular at the festival; the student gathering was first held in Krakow. Helena Ples – You were at the very first of this series of international festivals for Russian-language students. This year's festival in Bulgaria was already your fourth. Do you accompany a new set of students each year? – Yes. Each year we form a new team of students, although one...

30.09.2015
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Education

(Translators note: the graffiti reads [approximately]: "Evryone yunite in de straggle wit ilituracy")  In the run up to International Literacy Day, 8 September, the UN has published the disturbing findings of new research which show that global levels of secondary and even primary education have, in recent years, fallen. According to the results, illiteracy rates have been growing in the world since approximately the beginning of the new millennium. This rebuke to the world educational system was detailed further by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. The comprehensive research, conducted by academics...

08.09.2015
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Education

In the run up to the start of the new academic year in Russia, the Ministry of Education and Science sprung two surprises, admittedly long expected, on parents throughout the country. The first concerns the considerable likelihood that school uniforms, following an initiative from the ministry, will be introduced, albeit conditionally; schools will be free to choose the uniforms themselves. More crucially the ministry has announced its intention to develop thorough legal and administrative protection against the practice of local schools extorting money which continues to plague parents throughout the country. If the initiative...

01.09.2015
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Education

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