Aleksandr Lukashenko meets with Chairman of National Assembly’s Council of Republic Anatoly Rubinov

    The ways of improving the enrolment campaign to universities and vocational schools in Belarus were discussed at a meeting of head of state Aleksandr Lukashenko and Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly, Chairman of the State Commission for Enrolment Campaign 2013 Anatoly Rubinov.

    “I am broadly familiar with the results of the enrolment campaign this year. I am interested whether we can improve the process. If there are any problems, we need to discuss and solve them,” the head of state said.

    “Of course, we do not have the things like in neighboring countries. I mean, scandals, corruption around university admissions. These things cannot happen in our country. But maybe we can improve this process, and focus more on some specific matters,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

    Anatoly Rubinov reported to the head of state about the results of the enrolment campaign. According to him, the enrolment system has been fine-tuned and functions well in general. “Today there are no major problems in this regard. Corruption has been rooted out completely. The mechanism of enrolment excluded a possibility of intervention on the part of government officials or anyone else,” he stated.

    However, there are still some problems. These include the under-enrolment into the majors which are very important for the country, namely in the field of military, agricultural, and teachers’ training. Aleksandr Lukashenko drew attention to the need for further adjustment of the target enrollment system.

    At the same time Belarus’ system of training is disproportionate. There are very many institutions of higher education. If not tackled in time, these imbalances can ultimately damage the national economy. "But at the same time, it should not in any way affect the freedom of choice. If an individual is capable, then he should get an education,” said Anatoly Rubinov.

    Aleksandr Lukashenko suggested that all interested parties should get together and discuss the pressing issues in detail. After that the new edition of the rules for admission to institutions of higher and vocational schools should be adopted. This is not about the fundamental change of the rules but only about adjustments. One possible innovation is electronic enrolment, when an applicant directly specifies which major he would like to study, and the admission will then depend on the examination scores.