Saratov students may be allowed to enter universities on a “budget” up to 35 years old

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A bill has been submitted to the State Duma of the Russian Federation that increases the age of students who have the right to enroll in free places in universities. Will such an initiative not affect school leavers who are also hungry for the “budget”?

The State Duma Committee on Education and Science decided to fill a legal gap in Russian legislation. In December last year, President Vladimir Putin signed a law to raise the age of youth from 30 to 35, inclusive. However, these changes were not included in the law “On education in the Russian Federation”, although, according to the authors of the bill, in accordance with the new norms, the age of those entering universities should also be increased to 35 years. And along with this, the number of budget places. Otherwise, the “oldies” will begin to take budget places from school graduates. The document was supported by almost all the Duma factions, and it is planned that it will be adopted this spring. True, there is one nuance in the bill that may postpone its adoption indefinitely. The economic justification for the document indicates that the creation of new budget places will require more than 100 billion rubles.

But in Saratov universities they say that there are very few students at the age of 27-30.

“We come across older students, but they do not enter the full-time department, but the correspondence department,” comments Vladimir Makarov, Doctor of Geographical Sciences, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Geography, Saratov State University named after N.G. Chernyshevsky. – Basically, these are teachers of rural schools who do not have basic education, but teach geography. And in order to work calmly, they go to study. Full-time students at the age of 30 are units. Of course, if the law passes, there will probably be more of them. But I think we will have more applicants “30+” in the correspondence department, because how can a person study in the daytime, if he has a family, children, and they need to be supported?