The leader of the “Fair Russia – For the Truth” party, Sergei Mironov, suggested abandoning the study of a second foreign language in schools, as, in his words, this “creates a lot of difficulties.” On Wednesday, April 28, the party’s press service reported.
“Mastering a second foreign language in schools creates a lot of difficulties. Not every school will find teachers for this, and if children cannot cope or do not have time, then instead of a second foreign language it is better to add one more hour to the main language, ”the party leader said.
Mironov also cited as an example a survey of readers’ opinions on the Rossiyskaya Gazeta website, according to which more than 66% of participants were dissatisfied with the quality of teaching a second foreign language. According to the head of the association, the employees of the Ministry of Education should listen to the opinion of the survey participants.
On January 4, it became known that the Unified State Exam (USE) in a foreign language was not included in the list of mandatory ones.
Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Tatyana Golikova announced in 2019 that the Unified State Exam in a foreign language will become mandatory in 2022. It was decided to offer the participants of the exam a choice of passing the Unified State Exam in English, German, French, Spanish or Chinese. The National Parents’ Committee appealed to the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation with a request to cancel the introduction of the compulsory USE in a foreign language. According to the initiators of the appeal, the USE and the main state exam in a foreign language should be passed on a voluntary basis.