In one of the schools in Nizhny Novgorod, after the introduction of distance learning for students in grades 6-11, a scandal erupted. The mother of the seventh grader complained in social networks to the governor of the region that her son was forced to come to school for additional paid classes on a distance basis. The head of the region, Gleb Nikitin, has already responded to the complaint and explained that the operation of the educational institution is illegal.
From November 5, the governor of the Nizhny Novgorod region, by his decree, transferred students in grades 6-11 to distance learning. The distance course was to be organized according to both basic and additional educational programs. However, parents of students in grades 6-8 said that their children are forced to go to school after online lessons for additional paid classes. Adults were outraged by the very fact that during distance learning due to the threat of coronavirus, schools continue not only to conduct face-to-face additional classes, but also make them mandatory for attendance.
One of the dissatisfied mothers wrote a message on the personal Instagram page of the head of the region. The woman said that at the school of her seventh-grader son, so-called special courses are held annually for all students. At the beginning of the school year, schoolchildren must choose one of the paid classes from the list, the monthly tuition fee is 2.5 thousand rubles. According to the parent, even after the transfer of schoolchildren to distance learning, they were still forced to attend additional courses.
The head of the region of the Nizhny Novgorod region, Gleb Nikitin, promptly responded to the appeal and said that the compulsion to attend additional classes was a violation. At the same time, the local Department of Education said that additional education is implemented in small groups and exclusively on a voluntary contractual basis. As a result, after the scandal, the schoolchildren were still allowed to attend paid speeches at will during the pandemic.
According to the lawyer Alexander Vostrikov, complaints about coercion to paid additional classes come from parents very often, and the actions of the school in this case are illegal.
“Only those lessons that are provided for by the educational program and curriculum are compulsory for students. Extracurricular activities may be required if included in the curriculum. But according to the law, educational institutions do not have the right to charge fees for teaching subjects that are provided for by the Federal State Educational Standard. The school can offer additional paid educational services to students on a voluntary basis, any coercion is a violation of the law. In the matter of organizing paid additional classes in full-time form during the period of distance learning for students in grades 6-11 in the main program, the school, most likely, did not violate anything. The order of the Ministry of Education of the Nizhny Novgorod Region on transferring to distance learning for basic and additional programs is of a recommendatory nature. According to the document, if an educational institution is unable to organize remote training according to one or another program, it has the right to continue full-time classes in compliance with all sanitary standards, ”the expert explained.