"We would like to demonstrate that
there is a party in Russia that protects the interests of
the country's future with the same persistence, as others
advocate or oppose tolling", said Grigory Yavlinsky
at a press conference in the State Duma.
Yabloko's working group submitted a draft
law "On the Provisions of Constitutional Rights of
Citizens to Secondary Education", that has been based
on the ideas expressed by the representatives of pedagogical
circles. The group includes the Director of the Institute
for Planning of Education, former Minister of Education
of the Russian Federation in 1990-1991 Eduard Dnyeprov,
Director of Moscow school No. 1060 Anatoli Pinsky, and teacher
of mathematics, Deputy of the Moscow Duma, Evgeni Bunimovich.
The draft law has the following two goals:
to transfer the financing of education from threadbare to
real sufficiency and bring the school programme into line
with student abilities and requirements. This actually implies:
the introduction of a new system for teachers' salaries,
based on the schemes used to calculate the wages of municipal
white collar workers; the formation of a system of special
budgetary funds for education (to finance educational institutions);
the introduction of new standard regulations for financing
requirements, instead of using budget scraps; the introduction
of specialisation in senior forms; the adoption of a new
educational standard, stipulating a reduction in the burden
on pupils due to a 8-9% cut in the compulsory educational
burden at schools.The reduction of an educational burden,
simultaneously with a change in wage principles for teachers,
will solve the most important problem for school - teachers
will not be interested in an increase in the educational
burden, which would increase the work load for pupils; at
the same time teachers' salaries will at least double.
According to Eduard Dnyeprov, the draft
law qualitatively differs from many "election-tied"
educational programmes. Such a law would provide for the
establishment of a clear-cut mechanism to ensure the implementation
of citizens' rights to free and universally available education,
as stipulated by Article 43 of the Constitution.
The draft law presented today represents
the first step in the implementation of Yabloko's educational
programme. Its main principle can be summed up as follows:
education must be a priority area for Russia's leadership
that should think about the country's future.
Considerable part of URF's electorate supports
Grigory Yavlinsky's proposals for peaceful settlement of
the conflict in Chechnya.
Based on Interfax reports.