I hope this is a mental disorder, not a conscious choice.

I hope this is a mental disorder, not a conscious choice.

This is one of the elements of legal education reform initiated by the Ministry, along with the development of a legal standard and the development of a general concept of legal education reform.

The idea of ​​external testing of students appeared a long time ago, but the impetus for its implementation was the initiative of law schools to introduce entrance exams for admission to graduate school.

Given that the basic principle for higher education is the autonomy of educational institutions, it was very important for us that the initiators of this project were the academic community itself and the project is piloted in the specialty whose program is subject to a certain unification, thanks to uniform legislation. …

The introduction of entrance examinations as an experiment should solve several problems at once.

First, this project should become a mechanism for selecting a high-quality contingent of students for master’s studies, which will mean high-quality graduates, which our state so desperately needs; Secondly, the test with the use of external evaluation technologies, which have confirmed their effectiveness, will protect entrants from corruption risks, will make admission to the master’s degree more transparent; Thirdly, admission in this format will simplify the admission campaign for both universities participating in the project and entrants, as they will pass one exam, the results of which will be taken by 9 educational institutions at once;

During the year we worked on the development of a database of test tasks, their review and testing, development of the necessary regulations and I must say that thanks to the joint efforts and initiative of the university we have every reason to hope for a successful outcome …

I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the external evaluation will be conducted according to the bachelor’s degree program, only the form of the exam and its examination will change.

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People do not know how to find a common language and fight among themselves, whose strategy is the best solution to the problem

Inna Sovsun: let’s learn to hear each other

Author: Inna Sovsun, First Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine.

Democracy in Ukrainian is full of mutual insults and accusations.

People do not know how to find common ground, and instead of fighting against a commonly identified problem, people fight among themselves over whose strategy is best to solve the problem.

The situation with Bill 3474 is illustrative, but unfortunately! – not unique!

In short, the situation is as follows. Universities have:

1) student self-government bodies, which are elected by students in accordance with the legislation; 2) student unions, which in 90% of cases are headed by people who graduated from universities a long, long time ago; but in accordance with the sectoral agreement, the unions receive a percentage of all scholarships.

Obviously, the situation needs to change and that is why Bill 3474 was developed, which introduces the following changes to the law on trade unions: only students can be members and leaders of student unions; trade unions should publish their financial statements in the public domain. The Ministry was actively involved in the development of the project, but it was submitted by MPs.

No other alternative proposals were submitted.

Instead, there is a whole war on social networks. No, not between the union leadership and the student body, but … within the student body between those who support the bill and those who propose to ban student unions in general.

Due to enormous efforts and negotiations with the committees, these quarrels did not prevent yesterday’s successful passage of the bill through two committees – education and social policy.

But the situation itself is very alarming: if people see a common problem, then they must fight together against the problem, not against each other! If there are some students who want to ban student unions in general – they have the opportunity to develop such a bill, agree with one of the deputies on its introduction and then lobby it. But we should not drown others who also want a solution to the problem, but see other mechanisms for solving it!

And if only it concerned this bill! And these interest groups! We see this everywhere and at all levels. And these public quarrels between like-minded people are something that exhausts, tires and disappoints more than criticism and pressure from those who want to avoid any changes …

Let’s learn to hear each other. That’s what I wanted to say.

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Reflections after a discussion about financial literacy and what children know and don’t know about money

I. Sovsun: different opinions and visions of the future by children

Author: Inna Sovsun, Vice President of the Kiev School of Economics.

Just moderated a very unusual panel. Its participants were 15-year-old Katya Yevtushenko and 12-year-old Tymofiy Drogin.

They talked about financial literacy and that children know and do not know about money.

At the end of the discussion, she asked Katya and Timothy to voice questions to the audience – respectable men and women in suits, who had previously talked for several hours about banks, economics and finance.

Katya said that when she starts working, all these men and women in suits will no longer be at such conferences, because all conferences will be held online, in a much more convenient format (and in shorts instead of suits). And she asked if all these adults were ready for that.

And Timothy asked how we (adults) plan to live in general – if we rely only on technology, if the car will drive from the apartment to the office and back; and do we not then forget about physical development? Maybe it’s worth cycling more often?

Here are different thoughts and different visions of the future, but equally challenging!

Well, when students quote a speech by a Stanford professor, which they recently listened to – it’s inspiring! Do many teachers or even university professors do that? …


Timothy became famous when he wrote a short column “10 reasons why children do not like school https://123helpme.me/buy-compare-and-contrast-essay/.” And after that, he stopped going to school and is now homeschooled. But he admits that it is a bit boring and lacks communication.

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The discussion about the “social” for 25 years came to a standstill and in fact was given to the populists

Inna Sovsun: social interaction is disappearing

Author: Inna Sovsun, First Deputy Minister of Education and Science 2014-2016.

The story of two children aged 2 and 3 left alone in an apartment for 9 days has not left my mind for several days.

I try to drive her away from me, but pictures of what could have happened in this apartment during these 9 days are constantly popping up in my head …

I don’t even know how to comment on the mother’s behavior. I hope this is a mental disorder, not a conscious choice. I don’t know how else to think about it.

But in this story, another thing is even more striking: why didn’t the social support network work? Neighbors called police but did not insist on breaking down the door. The police were afraid. Grandma could not get into the apartment and went on. Social services … are not present in this story at all.

Although a young woman of 20 years, with three children, lives in a rented apartment, without a father of children (why is there no father ??) – she should be in the field of view of social services in any case. Neighbors, relatives, friends – they could be support if not for the mother, then for the children. But they did not.

And these broken mechanisms of social interaction are the worst in this story.

According to the Constitution, Ukraine is, among other things, a welfare state. But for 25 years of independence, the debate about the “social” has reached a stalemate and is in fact devoted to the populists. The talk of social support is either reduced to a demand for higher living expenses for a certain category of people, or is completely discredited as a remnant of the Soviet past.

And the fact that we have not found a language, how else to talk about the “social” – leads to the disappearance of this concept in general. The whole layer of the problem of social interaction – disappears from the field of public attention, and at the same time the phenomenon itself disappears.

We as a society do not understand how we should support each other. We hope either for ourselves or for the state. But sometimes that’s not enough.

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The Ministry of Education and Science proposes to abolish the requirement for English to be mandatory for associate professors and professors

I. Sovsun: Do teachers need English?

Author: Inna Sovsun, First Deputy Minister of Education and Science 2014-2016.

The Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine proposes to abolish the requirement for knowledge of English to obtain the academic titles of associate professor and professor.

The norm on the obligatory knowledge of English at the B2 level for obtaining a scientific title came into force on January 1, 2016.

Because what can be the quality of higher education and science without knowledge of English in the 21st century?!

I do not understand the argument that people who apply for the academic title have already taken English language exams after graduate school. Yes, they did. After all, the question is not whether they composed, the question is whether they know the language.

By the way, according to experts, surcharges for academic titles cost the state budget almost 1 billion hryvnias annually. I am convinced that this money should go to additional payments to those researchers and teachers who really contribute to the progress of Ukrainian higher education and science.

Last year she was at an event in London at the British Council. There was the Deputy Minister of Education of Russia. And he gave a long speech on the importance of the internationalization of education and science. He had just delivered this speech in Russian, and a boy from the international department was sitting next to him, translating.

Somehow associations have arisen … we are talking about European integration, the Year of the English Language… and at the same time we propose to recognize that university teachers, people who teach the next generation – can work with students without knowledge of English?

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from comments on Facebook:

Iryna Yegorchenko: “knowledge of English does nothing for anyone, but without knowledge of English it is not a teacher, but an imitator” (I will add that teachers of other languages ​​are an exception to this)

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