Russian Ministry of Education announces plans to elevate teacher status and improve school-parent relations
In an effort to improve the education system in Russia, Education Minister Sergei Kravtsov has announced plans to raise the status of teachers and strengthen the educational work in schools. During an interview with NTV's Pozdnyakov program, Kravtsov called the status and prestige of the teacher's work the most important challenge for the Russian education system.
"Today we are discussing with the deputies of the State Duma the question of fixing, perhaps, a special status for teachers," said Kravtsov. "This would give them protection, among other things, from the various wrongful actions that often occur against the teacher."
Kravtsov also highlighted the importance of the teaching profession, stating that it is one of the key professions and depends on what is invested in the younger generation. He also emphasized the importance of parents respecting the teaching profession and being allies. To facilitate this, the Ministry of Education established a Parents Council last year to discuss issues of cooperation between parents and teachers and parental involvement in the life of the school.
Additionally, Kravtsov announced that each school will have its own theater by 2024 and that a large program initiated by the President to overhaul schools continues. Educational institutions also receive funds for school equipment - about 6.5 million rubles.
He also commented on the introduction of school uniforms, stating that each school should establish its own style and format and discuss this with parents and students, instead of having a single uniform for all schools as it was in the Soviet Union.
In conclusion, Kravtsov stressed that all decisions relating to education should be discussed with parents and teachers and worked through methodically. The education system affects the majority of the country - about 80 million citizens.