MOSCOW, July 26 (Itar-Tass) —— The Russian government will allocate extra 16 billion rubles from the federal budget already in 2013 to fulfill the new law on education, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said at a government meeting on Thursday.
“The expenditures for higher salaries of teaching personnel, higher scholarships, the redistribution of powers in the educational sphere will be made within the limits, which are envisaged in budget allocations for these purposes,” Medvedev said.
“Additional 16 billion rubles will be needed from the federal budget, and over 400 billion rubles from regional budgets to realize new laws after they enter into force in 2013 alone,” he underlined.
The prime minister noted that at the same time the expenditures of the budgets in municipal entities will be cut by 112 billion rubles.
During the discussion Medvedev stated that open debates on the education law have dragged for two years. Absolutely all layers of the society, but not only the professionals, are participating in the public debates, therefore, very many people are interested in this issue as professionals and just ordinary people.
“The time has come to sum up the results of these debates,” Medvedev said, adding that, according to the experts, the basic law on education signed in 1992 does not reflect the current realities and cannot regulate public relations in this sphere. “The gap between the needs of the educational practice and the legislative support of this practice is too wide,” the premier explained.
Despite the fact that Russian education is frequently criticized, the education system brings some perfect results all the same, Medvedev believes. “The report, which had just come, confirms this fact. Our national physics team has brought three gold and two silver medals from the international physics Olympiad to Moscow on Wednesday. This means that the education is at the world level,” the premier added.