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Caucasian youth is going to technical secondary school?2012-12-06 19:09
Russian Ministry of Education has made a list of inefficient state institutions to be restructured or closed. Most of them are in the North Caucasus. Now, the Education Act may be widened with a provision on monitoring of private institutions which would lead to their reduction in the North Caucasus Federal District. Where should the North Caucasian youth go in this case - either to technical schools or to the woods?
The draft law "On education" now includes an amendment concerning private universities. If adopted, they, along with the state, will be subject to regular audits by the Ministry of Education. If auditors are honest enough, many private universities of the North Caucasus, and particularly their regional affiliates would be deprived of licenses by the end of 2013. And inefficient state institutions should be restructured or closed down by next spring.
In the North Caucasus Federal District now there are operating 30 public and 34 private universities, as well as 117 branches of various Russian universities. Based on the monitoring of public institutions of higher education in the region, almost half of them were found to be ineffective.
However, the criteria for evaluating schools are rather suitable for enterprises than for universities. They take into account the amount of audiences, income of the institution, number of foreign students, average students' score at the exams. Because of this, the provincial universities, which took students with lower scores, are at risk. The list also includes a lot of the leading universities of the North Caucasian republics, unable to attract foreigners because of the lack of general stability. In Ingushetia, North Ossetia and Chechnya, according to rating of the Ministry of Education, all state institutions should be closed. In the Stavropol region every one in five fails.
Immediately after the publication of the results of monitoring, head of Ingushetia Yunus-Bek Yevkurov said he would not allow closure of the Ingush State University. Dagestan invited Education Minister Dmitry Livanov to visit and to examine the quality of education in Dagestan. He assured that he would not cut education system. "We are not speaking about a reorganization or closure. We are speaking about more accentuated and targeted support for higher education", he announced after a month of discussing of this issue in the media.
On the example of the Stavropol region the targeted support looks as follows: three ineffective universities - Pyatigorsk Technology University, Stavropol State University and North Caucasian Technology University - were merged into one district high school - North Caucasian Federal University. This allegedly must solve the problem of overstaffing in the SSU and economic problems and corruption in the NCTU. They do not expel the students; they just remove "dead souls" from reports.
However, graduates of the Technology Piatigorsky University do not consider it ineffective. Graduate of this university, former board member of the Association of Students of the North Caucasus Yevgeny Kozlov told the Big Caucasus that his employers were satisfied with the TPU diploma. "If you want to get an education, then you get it, and if not - you will not get it in any university", he believes. "If you are effective, then you get an effective education. I have worked under my profession, but then I wanted something other. Employers don't care about your diploma. The main thing is what you can do".