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Alexander Shishlov (YABLOKO)

Chairman of the Duma Committee on Education and Science: "We Shall Broaden Paid Education"

Moskovsky Komsomolets, April 8, 2002

From the dossier of "Moskovsky Komsomolets": "Occupied the post of Deputy Chairman of the said committee. Born in Leningrad. Graduated from the Mathematics and Mechanics and Legal faculties of St. Petersburg State University, member of St. Petersburg Academic Union. Former deputy of St. Petersburg City Council, then deputy of the State Duma of the second and third convocations. Member of the PACE Commission on Legal Issues and Human Rights. Married, two children."

- Soon the Duma will consider draft laws on [uniform] state standards in education and on granting to teachers of city schools a deferral from army conscription. Today deferral of conscription is granted only to teachers of village schools, and we would like this norm to be applied to all teachers. Amendments to the federal law "On Education" will also be introduced soon, which will make the certification of schools and higher education institutions more transparent. Education should have high quality standards and be available to everyone. There should be uniform entrance exams and state registered financial debentures (Ed. for partial or full compensation of education costs) make it possible not only to preserve the present norm of budget-subsidised places in universities (170 places per 10,000 people), but also to expand the admission of applicants on a paid basis. We will try to achieve a repeal of the 25% quota on the admission of students on a paid basis, which refers primarily to the law and economic departments. There is considerable demand for these professions. However, owing to the quota system, state universities have to refuse applicants who would like to study on a paid basis. However, the universities could use the money received from "paid places" not only to teach "non-fee-paying students", but also refurbish and repair the premises, buy textbooks…


See also:

Reform in education

Press Release.April 3, 2002.New Chairman of the Duma Committee on Education and Science Alexander Shishlov on the priority directions of the Committee

Moskovsky Komsomolets, April 8, 2002

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