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Sergei Sobyanin: Moscow school students won half of prizes at All-Russian Olympiad

Sergei Sobyanin: Moscow school students won half of prizes at All-Russian Olympiad
Photo by Maxim Mishin. Moscow Mayor and Government Press Service
School students from Moscow demonstrated high scores in economics, computer science, history, ecology, Russian language, math, social studies, and physics.

The young Muscovites got 1,391 winner certificates in the 2022/2023 All-Russian Olympiad which is the most large-scale intellectual competitions in Russia, this being an all-time national record. The recent crowning result of 1,346 awards was also achieved by Moscow schoolchildren in 2021.

Sergei Sobyanin congratulated them on the win in the finals during the meeting at the Zaryadye Concert Hall. According to him, 51 per cent of gold medals won by Muscovites suggest that metropolitan education is six times better than Russia’s average.

“It is no coincidence that we demonstrate such excellence year after year because we gradually increase our quality and competitiveness. Even though everyone moves on exerting every effort, striving to provide school students and children with better education, improving education countrywide and launching respective national projects, we are still pacesetters,” the Moscow Mayor said.

Such results are not achieved quickly in the snap of a finger, he said, as this is a great job done by children, their teachers and parents. “It is the same story with Moscow education system. This involves efforts of a large team and big structural, financial, educational, methodological and organizational transformations. Year after year, we are moving towards our goal and we win,” Sergei Sobyanin emphasized.

In order to teach one champion, there should be thousands of well-educated young talents and Moscow schoolchildren prove that they are the ones. This was shown beyond doubt by the recent Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) as representatives of the Russian capital turned out to be top dogs among major countries.

“Honestly, I have no doubt that you will be winners in life as well. Moscow is a city of opportunities; it boasts the best education, universities, economy and urban environment and life here is in full swing, so I’m sure that you will certainly find your way in life with your talents and opportunities Moscow offers,” the Moscow Mayor said to Olympiad awardees.

More participants and more victories

The All-Russian Olympiad is held in four stages (school, municipal, regional and final) in 24 academic subjects. The achievements of its participants, along with Unified Graduation Exams, serve as a key independent indicator of education.

In this academic year, over 560,000 people participated in the Olympiad in Moscow, which is one and a half times more than five years ago. The final stage was held March 16-April 30 in 14 regions across the country to gather 2,241 students of 299 Moscow schools, 1,276 Muscovites holding 275 winner’s certificates and 1,116 awarded prize certificates.

“Some schoolchildren won in four subjects, such as astronomy, mathematics, physics and economics. This is Mikhail Garkovenko, a ninth grader of PMS school No. 2007, and Alexei Chernyshev, an eleventh grader of the Pioneers Palace on Vorobyovy Gory. Nine schoolchildren has three certificates, 91 are two-certificate holders, and 1,174 guys are awarded one certificate,” wrote Sergey Sobyanin on his telegram channel.

Source: Sergei Sobyanin’s telegram channel @mos_sobyanin 

Like in past years, Moscow schoolchildren won in all 24 subjects, though the best results are demonstrated in economics (107 certificates), computer science (85), history (79), ecology (75), Russian language (72), math, social studies and physics (71 certificate in each).

Of particular note is the success of children with disabilities who competed on a par with everyone. Visually impaired tenth grader Matvey Golovin from the school at the Pedagogical Center is a grand champion in Russian among 10th grade students, while Alexei Kokouilin, a visually impaired eleventh grader from the same school, is a winner in literature. Elizabeth Pfannenshmidt, a 12th grade student at Blind Rehabilitation Boarding School No. 1, is a winner in French and also holds a winner’s certificate in English. Timofey Matsnev, a ninth grader of the same school, is an awardee in economics.

Moscow is a commanding lead in the Russian Olympic movement with 45 per cent of certificates, including 51 per cent of medal winners. Interregional competition is soaring every year, particularly, powered by Sirius-like young talent centers in constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

Number of Muscovite Awardees of the All-Russian Olympiad Final

Academic subject

Awards,
2010

Awards, 2022

Awards, 2023

Awardees from Moscow,
2023

English

24

57

63

48%

Astronomy

8

40

39

36%

Biology

13

69

60

44%

Geography

13

59

58

45%

Computer science

33

76

85

53%

Art (History of World Art)

 —

49

43

37%

History

11

60

79

52%

Literature

3

58

62

42%

Math

27

66

71

33%

German

21

35

30

29%

First aid and emergency response

9

50

52

48%

Social studies

4

67

71

46%

Law

6

70

68

53%

Russian

7

93

72

47%

Technology

9

30

63

37%

Physics

22

70

71

42%

Physical education

1

38

28

23%

French

24

47

46

45%

Chemistry

14

53

68

49%

Ecology

3

56

75

54%

Economics

26

98

107

64%

Other foreign languages ​​(i.e., Spanish, Italian, Chinese)

76

80

64%

Total

278

1,317

1,391

45%

 

The All-Russian Olympiad Final awardees may be enrolled at any relevant department at any university without competitive examinations to study free of charge. In addition, they can apply for the Presidential scholarship to receive RUB 20,000 every month during their years at the university.

By the decision of Sergei Sobyanin, Moscow team members reaching the All-Russian Olympiad Final will receive incentive payments, namely, RUB 500,000 for winners, RUB 300,000 for certificate holders, and RUB 100,000 for other participants.

City-wide Olympiads

Moscow is a pivot of the Olympiad movement because in addition to the All-Russian Olympiad, the city hosts the Moscow Olympiad, Museums.  Parks.  Mansions Olympiad, Bridge Between Generations Shall Stand, Kurchatov Tournament, Tournament of the Cities, Lomonosov Tournament, Moscow Student R&D Competition, etc. All these intellectual competitions help find, develop and support young talents.

Participants in 2022/2023 academic year

Olympiad contest

Participations

All-Russian Olympiad

1,775,294

Moscow Olympiad

321,227

Museums.  Parks.  Mansions

175,000

Kurchatov Olympiad

16,193

Tournament of the Towns

6,637

Lomonosov Tournament

46,354

Moscow Student R&D Competition

2,423

InterAll-Russian Olympiads

In 2022, Moscow schoolchildren joined national teams to make a name for themselves at interAll-Russian Olympiads in school subjects.

Muscovites achieved the following results:

— the 63rd International Mathematics Olympiad (Norway): 1 silver medal;

— the 52nd International Physics Olympiad (Switzerland): 2 gold medals;

— the 54th International Chemistry Olympiad (China): 2 gold medals;

— the 33rd International Biology Olympiad (Armenia): 2 gold medals;

— the 34th International Computer Science Olympiad (Indonesia): 1 silver medal;

— the 7th European Geography Olympiad (Serbia): 5 silver medals;

— Open World Astronomy Olympiad (Russia): 4 gold medals;

— the 19th International Junior Science Olympiad (Colombia): 2 gold medals.

In total, Muscovites won 19 awards at interAll-Russian Olympiads in 2022, including 12 gold and 7 silver medals.