"The current mechanism of strategic planning for education development, formed in the previous socio-economic conditions, does not correspond to today's realities," said the Analytical Center expert Inna Karakchieva, speaking at the parliamentary hearings organized by the Committee on Education, Science and Culture "On Strategic Planning for the Development of Education in the Russian Federation" with her report titled "Transformation of the Goals and Objectives of Strategic Planning for the Development of Education."
According to the expert, the education system restructuring, based on denationalization and the formation of a quasi-market (with focusing on the competition to recruit students and increased economic independence and efficiency), resulted in the need to change the budget financing system and to reconfigure the educational infrastructure.
"The standardization mechanism that is being developed (introducing state, professional standards, etc.) has determined the need to develop quality assessment systems for education," the expert said. In fact, it is necessary to mention that at the present time a new educational pattern is emerging, including not only the dynamically changing — due to the cross-cutting technologies boom and the development of creative industries — educational environment and the growing number of activities (independent assessment of the quality of education, flourishing of socially-oriented non-profit organizations, volunteer movements, etc.), but also new educational cycles and new types of knowledge. This happens with the participation of a new generation of children, who, from an early age, have unlimited access to digital technologies and every day process a huge stream of incoming information — dazzling, diverse and poorly controlled."
According to Ms. Karakchieva, in this context, the current mechanism of strategic planning in education is based on the prospects for the development of the present situation, which leads to an increase in lost profits and the formation of a catch-up management system. A huge number of dissimilar in content and form strategic documents in the field of education are not linked with one another and are formed with no regard to the situation in the regions, which can lead to the formalization of both their implementation plan and the scenario planning for the development of education. The priority projects in the sphere of education are not yet interrelated themselves. This trend has resulted in the education system receiving the provision function in most of the development plans and strategies: the provision of quality programs, the provision of a sustainable global competitiveness, etc. Allocating only the function of providing the needs of the economy sector, society, etc. to the education system reduces its incentive function and leads to the absence of a forming attitude.
A competent combination and maintenance of activities of the provision and incentive functions in the educational sphere is possible if the scenario planning for the development of education is done separately for every specific region, Ms. Karakchieva believes. Generally speaking, the goals and objectives of the current system of educational development planning need to be transformed. In order to develop a single platform for strategic planning of the development of education in the context of diverse challenges and changing trends in the development of education, the development of the Strategy for the Development of Education is advisable (in 2014, the Analytical Center already made such a proposal).
Equally important is the strategic planning of expected innovations, including the organizational mechanisms for their promotion. At the same time, the development of network regional innovative educational ecosystems is vital in the context of developing the digital economy and creative industries.
"Knowing that the Strategy for the Development of Education provides for different models of scenario planning, I believe that the need to plan the future development prospects is obvious," concluded Ms. Karakchieva.
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