State and Private Sectors Need Equal Access to the Audience

7 october 2015

Possible motivation mechanisms for the business community (inclusive of international practices) in the sphere of extended education for children, including the use of the exemptions and concessions scheme, of which taxation, were discussed at the Analytical Center

Experts recalled that the Government has been engaged in the recovery of the extended education for children since 2012. Then the President Vladimir Putin signed a decree №599 «On measures of implementation of the state policy in the field of education and science", according to which by 2020 the extended education must cover at least 75% of Russian children from the age 5-18.

"Analysis of the Russian practice shows that the involvement of the business community in the children's extended education is very low. Mechanisms do exist, but they are ineffective," said Inna Karakchieva, a senior researcher of the Analytical Center's Department for Research Works. The share of private sector in Russian system is about 4%, and abroad - more than 60%. The expert believes that it is necessary to attract business into the industry. In addition, Ms. Karakchieva noted that the number of the extended education organizations  increased by 28.5%, but the number of children also grows. Compared to foreign countries, where the emphasis of the extended education is made on robotics and the formation of technical skills, in Russia attention is paid to artistic and sports lessons. "May be we can use best international practice, taking into account our environment," considers Ms. Karakchieva.

Tatiana Kupriyanov, the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation Labour Union of Education and Science Workers believes that business communities need transparency for the adjusted work. "It is important to provide the most comprehensive information about what business can do to meet the interests of children and parents," said the expert. The experience of cooperation of the business community with the state system is already there, but it needs legislative support, says Ms. Kupriyanova. The expert also noted that the industry needs an accelerated retraining of teachers.

The founder of InLearno Alexander Kostin is sure that the additional education of children lacks a systematic approach on the part of the state. "By this I understand the provision of the equitable access to the audience as for the state so for the private sector. We need to create a normal competitive environment," the expert said. No less important point, according to Mr. Kostin, is linked to the development of mechanism of state-private partnership. "Unfortunately, actually there are no such projects in the industry. We should use not so much of international practices but our own ways of development," the expert considers.

Olga Fiofanova, the Director of the Center for Research of Innovations of the State Autonomous Educational Institution of the Higher Professional Education "Moscow Institute of Open Education" talked about the main models of interaction between the Government and business organizations in the extended education of children. In the Moscow region, 56 business organizations provide such services and their feature is they are result-oriented. Some are focused on self-determination, social and personal competencies, while others pay attention to innovative acivities for the science and technology sectors and industries of the future. "Such alternative models of interaction of state organizations with the business already exist in the legal practice in the form of network forms of implementation of government programs and e-learning. However, the development of the missing mechanism that is of the personalized financing of services and the competitive allocation of finances for certain services is to be discussed here," said the expert.

Experts suggest establishing an expert council that would track business projects, evaluate them and give recommendations to the state sector.