2009 22/02

Several school teachers from Rechytsa, Homel region, addressed www.naviny.by with a request to determine the legality of introducing personal responsibility for test results, a provision to be added to their work contracts by local authorities.

‘The teacher is personally responsible for test results’, says the new provision. Teachers say this is another means of improving school results, invented by the local educational department. ‘In case your pupils do poorly at the end-of-year state test, you may be deprived of regular bonus payments or even be fired’, says one of the claimants Anna.

The question is whether this arbitrary innovation meets the provisions of the Labour Code of the Republic of Belarus. ‘It does NOT’, says Liliya Katsehava, Deputy Head of the Educational Department of Homel Regional Executive Committee. ‘At present such actions are suspended, since they do not correspond to the existing legislation. The educational department has been instructed to follow the relevant legislation from now on’, says Mrs.Katsehava’s official reply to a complaint from www.naviny.by.

The Ministry of Education agrees with the regional educational department, stressing the inadmissibility of similar situations in the future. ‘The recent events in Rechytsa are an unauthorized activity by the local authorities’, says representative of the Ministry Viktar Iuchankou.

The issue seems to be settled. At the same time, the incident in Rechytsa is a reflection of the overall situation in Belarusian schools, where problems are created by educational departments, and solved by ordinary teachers.

Alena Spasiuk
Source: www.naviny.by

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