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Georgian schools awaiting mandaturs

2010-07-21 09:12

6421.jpegGeorgian Ministry of Education Dmitriy Shashkin applied the experience gained at his previous post as correctional system head to educational institutions. Apart from mandaturs (supervisors), punishments for ruffians and their parents will also be introduced in schools. GeorgiaTimes tried to find out whether such "educational" measure will have any effect and whether it might also be introduced in Russia.


The police-ridden state built by President Mikhail Saakashvili in Georgia has got plenty of supporters. Stalinists dreaming of revival of the sage governors' total control over the ignorant crowd must be satisfied with the success of Iosiph Vissarionovitch's countrymen. Thieves in law and bribe takers have been either expelled, or put to prison by Georgian authorities, while smaller ruffians in educational institutions are supervised by a special kind of patrol called mandaturs.

Supervisors appeared in schools this spring. The new arrangement was set up in the general secondary education system by Minister Dmitriy Shashkin. It was probably difficult for him to get used to the noise and mess in classes after the ideal obedience in prisons that he had supervised before he was appointed to the educational department. That was how supervisors appeared in school corridors (usually, two men and a woman) to prevent crimes and watch the pupils' behaviour.

As GeogiaTimes was told by Georgian graduates, these patrols help solve the problems of smoking and drug use in educational institutions. The only method of evil fighting is to catch the breaker by his hand and make him throw the "bad thing" away, which means that the amount of overseers should be proportionate to the number of delinquents.

The disproportion was obviously too evident, so, to enhance the efficiency of patrolling it was decided to subject the guilty schoolchildren to labor sanctions (it was only the USSR doctrine which stated that labor made the man) and their parents to fines. Material punishment is quite tangible: first violation will cost 100 laris, which is a bit more than the minimum pension amount, and repeated violation will cost 200 laris.

The innovation was confirmed in the Georgian Ministry of Education. Before that, Minister Dmitriy Shashkin explained to Resonansi newspaper that the article allowing to "punish" parents existed earlier in the Administrative Code and will now be used to the full extent.

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