MOSCOW, March 1 – RIA Novosti. The Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation intends to halve the number of specialties taught in institutions of secondary vocational education, by combining and enlarging them, said First Deputy Minister Dmitry Glushko.
“We are constantly updating the list of professions and specialties of secondary vocational education. Now there are about 500 of them. There will be two times less,” he said in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
He clarified that not a single skill and not a single competence will be lost: many programs will be combined or transformed. Others will move to the level of vocational training, to “short” programs that can be additionally and quickly mastered during college, on the principle of a competency constructor.
“But the main thing, due to which this consolidation will take place, is a completely new way of forming the state educational standard (FSES),” the deputy minister said.
Glushko explained that the ministry proposed to make the FSES more framework and “wider” – to leave one document for a whole group of professions. This will allow us to quickly respond to the demands of the economy and promptly adjust educational programs. For example, the three active professions – general construction foreman, fitter “and construction and installation locksmith, will be consolidated into one profession with a wide range of qualifications.