Odessa, December 19, 2014 – In OCMC held a round table on the topic: “The quality of education and corruption in higher education institutions: mechanisms of control”.
Mikhail Meyzersky, journalist, member of the initiative group of students and graduates of journalism faculty of ONU;
Mikhail Borisov, teacher of ONU (IMEM);
Lydia Kovalchuk, director of the Odessa academic center of International Academy of Sciences;
Vladislav Zimovets student of ONU (SRI), a member of student government;
Veronica Vladimirova, student SUNPU, social activist.
Mikhail Meyzersky told that the problem of corruption and bribery in the education system is complex and comprehensive. Our society was tolerant to corruption and pressure on those who are struggling with it.
It became obvious that corruption now – it’s also the quality of education. We have in Odessa talented students, and they often are not taken to the magistracy, in the end they come to Lviv and Kiev, and there are learning better than in Odessa, all thanks to the teachers.
Mikhail Borisov said that the term “corruption” is not entirely acceptable to the education system, because the very concept relates exclusively to the field of power. And in education and medicine we are talking about banal bribes. So when officials say corruption fields of medicine and education, this is deviation of officials from their own problems.
New education law is perspective and does not hinder the initiative in universities. Therefore, it is not an obstacle to Ukrainian education to be closer to European standards.
In the same Lviv Polytechnic do not expect top commands and have already implemented various innovations. Such as shared administrative and academic positions. We have the same department in charge to the grave, not allowing young people to develop. In Odessa reigns stagnant atmosphere. Who is established, pushes away young people, who can compete in the future. There are a lot of informal relations in the team.
Mikhail Meyzersky noted that we have an unhealthy excitement around higher education. In the world to universities enter 30-40% of the population, we have 70-80%.
Lydia Kovalchuk believes that the reduction in the number of universities will not solve the problem. We should talk about motivation. People should decide what is necessary education or diploma and what diploma, normal or prestigious university. Do not forget about the parents who are interested in the diploma of the child for further corruption employment. This is universal moral degradation. Motivation of education will change if the situation changes in the state. But we can and must initiate changes in our own domains, to change the situation in the country.
Veronica Vladimirova agreed that in our country for admission to study there is a request not for knowledge, but for diploma. Students go just for that, and so they are prepared by teachers. Students sometimes are more resistant to change than the teachers.
Mikhail Meyzersky noted that students are afraid of change, and at school used to having all decided for them. Even there is evidence that they are the main initiators of corruption.
Vladislav Zimovets confirmed that active people in the community are 10-15%, these figures are correct also for the students, such number now come for knowledge.
Teachers see that students are not interested in learning, and do not give them enough attention, focusing on those units that strive to learn their subjects. If we add a small salary of the teacher, the soil for corruption opens very wide.
Lydia Kovalchuk said that when the active student begins to fight with the system, it’s hard to do. In a chain tied deans and senior management. Turning to the management of the university, he puts himself at risk.
Therefore, said Veronica Vladimirova, we need a third-party organization, that is independent from any of the universities, which would monitor the situation with the teachers.
Vladislav Zimovets said that in most cases the problem is in the students. He with other student activists from the ONU is struggling with this problem by campaign propaganda. For many, a bribe – a part of life, component of their culture, and they do not think about the consequences, that they will not be qualified workers, will not be able honestly to sue, that the problem of poor quality of life and then face their children.
Lydia Kovalchuk noticed that the main way to fight corruption – education, explanation. Questioning, systematization and dissemination of information – all this can be done by the students themselves. It is important that these activities, discussions and meetings have become systemic. Then it will be a serious bid to combat corruption.