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Dialogue with High Commissioner. Right to education

16 July 2017
Dialogue with High Commissioner. Right to education

School time is an important period in the life of every person, when he/she gets knowledge about the world, makes the first and important steps in self-determination and choosing a profession. This stage is the starting point in destiny, therefore it is important to ensure the right of every child to receive education.

I was approached by a minor resident of Sakhalin v. She, being an invalid, was studying at home, but the school provided educational services of bad and poor quality.

According to the girl, from 2011 to 2016 teachers were supposed to come to her place, but lessons on 8 different subjects were not actually conducted during the period, the child was taught by the parents. Teachers repeatedly called v. on the phone, they said that they could not come, and sometimes they did not even warn the girl or made up excuses. Instead of classes, she was given homeworks in large volumes, abstracts and remote assignments several days before the end of the school year.

Appeals to the director of the school, the city administration, the Ministry of Education of the Sakhalin Region and the prosecutor’s office have not yield results.

Having acquainted myself with the materials provided, I sent a request to the Department of Education of the Sakhalin Region.

According to the reply, the specialists of the Department and the employees of the prosecutor’s office checked the documentation at the school (timetables, records, curriculum, orders). Following the audit, violations of the V.’s education mode were revealed. Officials were brought to disciplinary responsibility for negligence and untimely monitoring.

Thus, V.'s right to education has been restored. The teenager received a certificate of basic general education, having completed the ninth grade of primary school with "good" and "excellent" marks.

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