The State Duma is preparing a bill to abolish the mandatory examination of the exam after the ninth grade. The document will be submitted for consideration in the spring of 2021. Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Education and Science Maxim Zaitsev told the newspaper Izvestia about this.
They plan to leave the exam only for those students who intend to move to colleges and technical schools. As Zaitsev clarified, in the future, the deputies are considering the complete abolition of the OGE, and then the abolition of the exam. According to him, these exams are not aimed at testing the real knowledge of students, but only at assessing the skills acquired during preparation.
“We have been fighting for the cancellation of the OGE and the Unified State Exam for five years now, since preparation for these exams and deep systemic knowledge of the subject are, alas, completely different things,” said Irina Volynets, Commissioner for Children’s Rights in the Republic of Tatarstan, head of the National Parents’ Committee , adding that the exams have discredited themselves in 10 years.
At the same time, the former head of Rosobrnadzor, Viktor Bolotov, believes that for schoolchildren, in any case, there should be a system for testing the knowledge of a single sample, so that the knowledge of children, assessed the same, is equivalent. The Ministry of Education noted that at present there are no serious reasons for canceling the OGE, since the exam is familiar and comfortable for teachers, children and their parents, and they simply do not want to cancel it. This was also confirmed by Rosobrnadzor.
Earlier, the Ministry of Education refused to make the Unified State Exam in a foreign language mandatory. This initiative was planned to be implemented from 2022, but some departments did not support the decision.