All Moscow schools must have equal financial opportunities, Sergei Sobyanin said live on TV Tsentr.
“It is very important to build a just financing system in Moscow for all schools so that whether it’s the districts of Beskudnikosky, Kuzminki, Novokosino or Tverskoi everyone gets the same amountof funds. It doesn’t matter if you live in a prestigious district or not,” the mayor stressed.
According to him, schoolchildren must have equal opportunities for high-quality education so that they can properly fulfil their future life. “Today most Moscow schools provide good high-quality education. I would not say all of them are equal, because it is impossible to say that. Some schools are better than others, but there are no clearly poor-quality schools in Moscow, which is important,” Sergei Sobyanin noted.
Speaking about the estimation of how Moscow schools worked, the Mayor noted that experts had to consider many criteria. “They include education, training, participation in Olympiads, results of the State Unified Exam and many others things. These criteria are chosen together with parents and teachers,” the Mayor said.
Entering a university and preparing for the real world
One of the main jobs of modern schools is to prepare schoolchildren for university. “The number of children who enter prestigious universities has also grown, although we have to compete with the rest of Russia. The best graduates from all across Russia come to Moscow, and Muscovites have to compete against the cleverest of them,” Sergei Sobyanin noted.
The Mayor also added that schools must prepare pupils for the real world. “Of course, we must change curriculum and also change various tasks, including those in the USE to adapt them more for our life,” Sergei Sobyanin pointed out.
Teachers, new schools and kindergartens
According to the Moscow Mayor, there are enough teachers in Moscow now. “There is no shortage which was the case several years ago, but today, in order to get a job as a teacher, sometimes a candidate has to sit and pass a tough exam. There is no such problem and almost no vacancies at schools,” Sergei Sobyanin said.
The number of schoolchildren is growing every year, the Mayor noted. New schools are being built mainly near large residential areas. Additionally, many secondary schools and kindergartens are united in one educational centre, so even at pre-school youngsters are prepared for primary school.
Choosing a future job
Sergei Sobyanin also said that specialised classes have also been actively developing in Moscow recently.
“We had an opportunity to create several profiles: engineering, medicine and even scientific Kurchatov classes. A pupil can use this to choose their future area of education and what they would like to go in for,” the Mayor added.
There are several ways for Moscow secondary school pupils to choose their future professions. “There is an open-door system when our schoolchildren visit the leading Moscow enterprises to see how they work. There are also University Saturdays when they can go to universities to meet teachers and students and see what is taught there,” Sergei Sobyanin explained.