The Professional Community Can and Should Define the Development Course of The Education System

25 november 2016

Analytical Center expert Inna Karakchieva co-ordinated a discussion titled ‘Institutional Management of Education’ held at the ‘General Education’ venue as part of the 4th Russian National Civil Forum

"The current state of the education system and the development level of the public professional community of educators are clear indicators that we need to revise and delineate the functionality and areas of responsibility," Ms. Karakchieva said. "The growth in the activity of the professional community that we now observe means its representatives have evolved their own independent positions on most issues and requirements to the system. The professional community can and should define the future development course of the education system without competing with executive authorities and assist in the emergence of new standards and principles in the education system. At the same it is important to create a mechanism for responding to the expectations they are broadcasting to us."

Undoubtedly, a favorable regulatory and legal environment has been created for the development of Russian education, the expert believes. This includes the passage of the Federal Law ‘On Education in Russia’ that defines new development priorities for education in Russia and legislates key milestones for the state policy in education based on the so called May decrees of the Russian president. It also includes the standardization of education (licensing and accreditation), the introduction of the federal state education standards for general education that have introduced framework requirements for the contents, conditions and outcomes of general education as well as the single procedure for final examinations and many other innovations.

At the same time, even though the education system is open, the regulations and laws governing education are transparent and there is a lot of experience in running innovations, there is still a lot of conservatives in positions and in approaches to modernization. According to Ms. Karakchieva, the current conditions for the development of school education in the world and the state of general education in Russia need new landmarks aimed at individualization, independence, openness and mobility. These key landmarks must not only be legislated and announced but they must also be implementable in the existing centralized management model in which ‘manual management’ principles and mechanisms still dominate.

"The response to the disconnect between the current demands of the public and the professional community on the one hand and the expectations of the education management system on the other hand can be the formation of several management strategies based on strategic ambitions formulated by the community of educators themselves," Ms. Karakchieva noted.