Yabloko is positive about the results of the discussion of the
education reform, held at a meeting of the State Council on August
29. RIA Novosti was notified by the Press Service of the Yabloko
faction of the State Duma about this statement by a deputy of
the State Duma from the Yabloko faction, Deputy Head of the Duma
Committee on Education and Science Alexander Shishlov.
According to Shishlov, “atention paid by the President and governors
to education issues leads us to hope that the state recognises
the importance of the resolution of the problems in education
for the development of our country.” Now, noted Shishlov, we “need
practical, comprehensive and visible steps, so that talks about
the priority of education could be transformed into real deeds.”
In particular, Shishlov thinks it important to provide state
guarantees for gratuitous education, namely, the introduction
of educational standards for secondary school and transfer to
standardised financing for education. “The introduction of such
measures means that schoolchildren, their parents and state bureaucrats
will know how many funds the state should allocate per pupil and
will have an understanding of the volume of knowledge a pupil
will get for these funds,” explained Shishlov.
According to Shishlov, the idea of postponing army conscription
for male teachers approved at the meeting of the State Council
“gives us hope that there are stronger chances that the Duma may
approve the corresponding Yabloko amendment to the law “On Military
Duty and Military Service”.
Alexander Shishlov also agreed with the opinion voiced during
the meeting of the State Council that it is necessary to considerably
raise teachers’ wages. “This should become one of the priority
measures in changing the situation in education,” noted Shishlov.
At the same time, Shishlov said that increased financing for the
development of the education system as such and implementation
of specific programmes should be planned separately. “It is obvious,
however, that if sufficient funds are not forthcoming from the
budget, all the ideas proposed by the members of the State Council
will remain ideas only,” stressed Shishlov in conclusion.