14 August 2010, Saturday, 15:51

Rustem Khamitov: “We have to protect our teachers”

author: Elmira Sabirova | photo: Oleg Yarovikov

The President of Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov received more than 1,5 thousand comments, concerning the Republican system of education, in his “Live Journal” blog, as he said at the Republican August pedagogical forum.

The head of the region said many thanks to all people, proposing various solutions of the most urgent problems in this sphere.

“I’ve ordered to systematize all incoming proposals and, perhaps, even to publish them” – he mentioned – “It would be interesting”.

The first question, raised by Rustem Khamitov at the gathering, was the problem with the pre-school educational institutions.

“Five thousand – that’s the shortage of places at our pre-school institutions” – he said – “This is too much. We have to erect new kindergartens and develop private ones. All means are good and this problem has to be solved”.

As for the problem with small rural schools, the head of the Republic considers it should be solved pointwise.

“I understand that this problem is very important for the countryside” – he mentioned – “But we have to determine the number of such schools, coming out fr om the current demographic situation and it is aggravating. In the nearest five-seven years we’ll face the collapse, the number of the kids will come down and what are we going to do then?”

Rustem Khamitov has underscored the Republic isn’t able to increase the number of schools and pedagogues at these schools for no particular reason.

“We’ve already reached the lim it” – he said – “Now there are 450 thousand kids in Bashkortostan at the age between 5 and 14, 10 years ago this number was 700 thousand and in two years we will have 380 thousand children of this age and our education structure is too big”.

Talking about the prestige of the teacher’s profession, Rustem Khamitov said about the necessity to raise the teacher’s status.

“We have to protect out teachers” – he underscored – “Because the pedagogue is the chief specialist at a school and he has to have all conditions for creative activity, beginning with wages and finishing with successful solution of all social problems”.

In completion of his speech Rustem Khamitov congratulated all participants of the gathering with a new school year and wished them every success in their activity.

themes: Education