An integrated approach is needed in order to improve the efficiency of the education system

1 october 2014

The Analytical Center hosted the roundtable “Possible models for creating and implementing the program for construction, reconstruction and capital repairs of schools”. During the event, experts have discussed measures needed to enhance the efficiency of budget funds allocated to increase the number of students who have been granted the opportunity to be trained in accordance with the main modern requirements. The discussion has also concerned the programs development for construction, reconstruction and capital repairs of schools, optimization of sanitary requirements, establishing the priorities of the students’ employment regime.

 “The most optimal mechanism for providing financial assistance to the regions for construction of schools by co-financing expenditure commitments of the regions through appropriate subsidies”, - considers the Leading Researcher at the Department for Research Work of the Analytical Center Tatyana Yuzhakova. According to statistics provided by Ms. Yuzhakova, 1% of students attend schools whose buildings are in a critical state, and a little less than 14% go to schools that require major repairs. 14% of students attend classes in the second and even third shifts even though the third shift is prohibited by the existing regulations. In the creation of this program, the Russian Ministry of Education and Science took close attention to the need in training students in a single shift.

 Deputy Director General, Director of industry trends of the “MCFER Education” (International Center for Financial and Economic Development) Maxim Dulinov noted the actuality of discussion of capital repairs in schools in anticipation of the preparation of a large project and the significant amount of funds needed for education. The expert noted that differences between regions must be taken into consideration during the creation of the program. “Each subject of the Russian Federation is in its development stage, so each region requires different tasks, but they should all lead to one specific result, - believes Mr. Doolin. - Also, regions must be granted with the freedom of choose in regard to methods required to achieve this result”. According to him, school repairs and the elimination of the second and third shifts are simple and narrow tasks while the issue requires a wider approach. “It is important to achieve the necessary level of compliance with the general education system, in particular for schools, and with the requirements of the federal state educational standards, - said Mr. Dulinov. - This is another problem that must be addressed comprehensively while building school infrastructure”.

Expert Dmitry Guzhelya representing IIA “Russia Today” at the event noted the need for an integrated approach that would addresses the issues of migration, policy, quality development of education and federal educational standards for all levels of schools. Only such an approach will improve the efficiency of the education system itself and significantly reduce the cost, believes the expert. He also noted the presence of two administrative management gaps that exist between the federal and regional level, as well as between regional and municipal. Mr. Guzhelya rated this problem as one of the major in the sector, and mentioned others like - inefficient use of funds, lack of extra-budgetary funds, unified Key Performance Indicators and control systems.

Participants of the event believe that in order to solve the existing issues, a well-established antiauthority communication and accurate statistical information are required.