It is noteworthy that Sobyanin’s words to some extent do not follow the recent statement of Sergey Kravtsov, the Minister of Education. He said that there was no plan to introduce the system of online learning at Russian schools in the future. According to Kravtsov, if necessary, the authorities will consider distant learning at schools only as a possibility.
Despite the gradual decrease in the statistics of the COVID-19 cases in Russia in general and in Moscow City in particular, there is still a risk of catching the virus. Moreover, since international flights have been resumed and more destinations opened up for the Russians, people got a whole month to go somewhere for vacation. Chances are they will travel to and visit the countries, the status of which in terms of the pandemic is far from perfect. Among other things, in a month the fall is coming. In Russia, this season is traditionally considered to be the time of outbreaks of seasonal respiratory diseases. On this background, the system of distance education might be introduced again at Moscow’s schools, says Mayor Sergey Sobyanin.
“I expect that on September 1[the date on which the new academic year traditionally begins in Russia – ed.], our schools will be able to return to learning in the classroom, so that we could teach children directly at schools once again,” Sobyanin said on the Rossiya TV channel. “In any case, everybody understands that some classes or even whole schools might be closed for a while.”
Sobyanin recalled that several years have passed since the Moscow Electronic School project was launched. It was actively used for online instruction of students at Moscow’s schools during the lockdown in spring and early summer, introduced to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
Sobyanin also said that previously, during the periods of increasing cases of influenza and A.R.V.I., some classes and sometimes even whole schools were closed to quarantine in Moscow, so this is a well-known practice for the authorities of the Russian capital.
“The system of distance learning has been established so that during the periods of this kind students can continue receiving education,” said Sobyanin. “The situation around the novel coronavirus has only pushed us towards this. I hope that this tool of distance education will get better and better annually. If there is a necessity of this kind, we will be able to apply it with maximum efficiency. Even if it is required just in several schools.”
It is noteworthy that Sobyanin’s words to some extent do not follow the recent statement by Sergey Kravtsov, the Minister of Education. He said that there was no plan to introduce the system of online learning in the Russian schools in the foreseeable future. According to Kravtsov, if necessary, the authorities will only use some opportunities of distance learning.