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The Ministry of Education and Science is inefficient, not universities

Statement by YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin in connection with dismissal of Sergei Baburin, Rector of the Russian University for Trade and Economy (RGTEU)

December 26, 2012

At present we can observe an attack against the remnants of independence of the Russian university education.

Sergei Baburin, Rector of RGTEU, was dismissed from his post by the order of the Ministry of Education on December 24.

This decision is an act of political violence by the Ministry of Education against the rector, who demanded from the Ministry to explain why and under what criteria his university had been listed as "inefficient" and had had to be merged with another university.

I believe that the dismissal of Sergei Baburin, Rector of RGTEU, is unlawful and only aggravates the situation around the merger of universities.

It is surprising that federal television channels are employed in the fight against the students and the former rector RGTEU. The pieces of news broadcasted by TV diminish the role and significance of Sergei Baburin as an academic.

Taking into account the repressive tactics employed by the Ministry in its negotiations with the leadership of RGTEU, the students taking part in the strike fear that they will be expelled from the university under various pretexts.

Obviously, the team of the RGTEU professors will not be preserved. Most of the university staff will be dismissed after the merger.

RGTEU will completely lose its independence, as evidenced by the dismissal of Sergei Nikolayevich Baburin.

Despite the protests of thousands of students and objections of internationally renowned professors, the example of the RGTEU demonstrates us how mergers of universities [announced by the Ministry] will be held.

I demand that the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation must restore the labour rights of Sergei Baburin, RGTEU rector, and eliminate the possibility of reprisals against the protesting students and professors.

I am calling the Ministry of Education to change their approach and stop the destruction of Russian universities. If some of these institutions are inefficient, they need help: they should be strengthened with academic staff, the number of budget places for students and professors salaries should be increased.

Efficiency has never been achieved by consolidation and mergers.

If the Ministry of Education is of a different opinion, this means that it the Ministry which is inefficient and not universities.

Sergei Mitrokhin,
YABLOKO Chairman

See also:

Human Rights

Reform in Education



December 26, 2012

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