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.
President Lukashenka has met with the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, who visited Minsk and the Minsk Automobile Plant. Minsk has always sought to have independent links with Russian regional elites, partially, to compensate for the Kremlin's diminishing interest in Belarus. In recent years, Belarus’ contacts with the Russian regions have been extremely intense. However, with some leaders of Russian regions, primarily heads of large republics, communication was more difficult to build. As many analysts in Minsk suggested, Minsk could regard contacts between President Lukashenka and the head of Chechnya as an additional communication channel for relieving tension in relations with the Kremlin. However, most likely, a trusting relationship with Kadyrov is a value for Minsk as such, provided Kadyrov’s broad business and political interests, and a high degree of autonomy for the Chechen leader from the Kremlin.