Rector of the D. I. Mendeleev Russian University of Chemical Technology Alexander Mazhuga expressed his opinion on the statement of the Minister of Education Sergei Kravtsov, who announced the possibility of replacing the Unified State Exam with alternative mechanisms for assessing the knowledge of school graduates. The head of the Ministry of Education explained that at the moment there are no plans to change the format of exams, but the department is ready to consider this issue.
According to Mazhuga, it is important that all decisions are made on the basis of a full discussion with teachers, university professors and parents.
“We are talking about the future, about how not only secondary, but also higher education will be built,” he added.
According to the rector, the plus of the USE is that it gives students the opportunity to choose any university and determine the number of subjects to pass the exam. At the same time, he noted that more and more often parents and applicants complain that school lessons are turning into a simple “coaching” to pass the exam.
The rector of the RCTU, nevertheless, supported the readiness of officials to discuss new options for exams so that education could meet modern challenges. According to him, the only innovation that can happen in the near future is the remote passing of exams. However, for this, it is necessary to resolve the issue of monitoring so that all students are in equal conditions.