Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that the education system should not undergo reforms in a hasty manner.
“I hope colleagues will hear us to avoid excessive haste in these issues (education reforms),” Putin said at a forum of the All-Russian People’s Front pro-government movement dedicated to discussion of education problems.
A discussion participant asked Putin for “silence in reformation” saying teachers have no time to get used to new standards.
The president noted that now “everyone wants to publish schoolbooks, it’s a very profitable business activity."
“If you let them do what they want, they will publish textbooks every month,” Putin said. “So commonsense should also prevail here. I agree with you, a pause is required in constant changes.
Foreign research magazines are not free of bias, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday as he addressed participants in a forum of the United People’s Front (UPF) in the city of Penza, some 700 km to the southeast of Moscow.
The forum focused on the problems of education. A woman participant complained that foreign research magazines were refusing to publish her works and the publications were badly needed to securing research grants.
“Citation index is an important indicator but it’s just one of the criteria of quality,” Putin said. “And if you take humanities, this indicator doesn’t work.”
Putin told the gathering that researchers abroad also had to eliminate this problem.
“Some foreign counterparts complain of late they are falling into dependence on research magazines and as a motion of protest they refuse to publish their works there.
Switching over to a joking tonality, Putin told young researchers: “Scold the Russian government and you’ll be published immediately.