Oct. 26 – Vladimir Putin has decreed that teachers should be paid the same
amount that other workers in the reigons where they work are paid; but because
in rural areas, salaries are only a third of what they are in Moscow, teachers
are fleeing rural schools to seek employment in those in the Russian capital,
Aleksey Ovchinnikov says.
result, many regions in Russia face a serious shortage of teachers, forcing
administrators to continue to use pensioners or others who may not be qualified
to meet the responsibilities of the school system, the Komsomolskaya pravda
journalist says (kp.ru/daily/28351/4498678/).
problem is especially acute in the demographically declining Russian regions
near the capital from which teachers can most easily move to the city; but it
affects almost all regions and has generated calls for paying teachers the same
in all places so they won’t leave or restoring the Soviet-era practice of
assigning graduates to work in less desirable places.
equal pay across the country would constitute yet another unfunded mandate for
already hard-pressed regional governments as well as challenging a Putin order.
Consequently, it is unlikely to happen. And that makes a return to Soviet
practices increasingly likely, Ovchinnikov says.
if that Soviet policy is returned, it will not only infuriate many Russian
young people but it will do little to solve the problems in the school system
outside of the capital. That is because, once again as in Soviet times, those
forced to teach in rural schools will in many cases flee to the cities as soon
as they can.
the meantime, the pupils in schools in the regions will suffer, adding yet
another factor to the growing imbalance between them and their counterparts in