Quality of education hindered by de-ideologisation fears
The Belarusian Education Ministry has launched a public debate on the Draft Law amending the Education Code.
The Belarusian authorities aspire to join the Bologna process in 2015, yet they ignore the Bologna Secretariat’s notes about the lack of students and employers’ participation in the management and the lack of academic communities’ autonomy. The Belarusian authorities would like to integrate into the European educational process in order to increase the international ranking of Belarusian universities and increase export of educational services, which means foreign exchange proceeds. The authorities are least interested in increasing students’ self-governance, employers’ participation in the management or greater autonomy for academic communities, because all that is a threat to the ideology in the education system. Authorities do not plan major changes in the educational policy. They want to maintain maximum control over the state education system.
According to Belstat, in August 7,600 people were dismissed, including 4,800 civil servants. Dismissals of civil servants were due to the optimisation in the public administration by up to 30%. Some civil servants would retain their job however would lose the status of a civil servant. Vacancies on the labour market are likely to reduce in number, thanks to the optimisation, the state administration would increase wages for public servants. The payroll fund for retained employees is likely to increase and some former state employees are likely to get jobs in affiliated organizations. The optimisation of the state apparatus should complete by January 1st, 2018, and some former civil servants are likely to join the ranks of the unemployed.