Mongolian-Russian school exemplifies quality education

Trans. by B.ODONTUYA

I can’t deny that I had a feeling of envy when I visited the clean, cozy, and well organized Mongolian-Russian School No. 3. The pupils of the school speaking Russian as if they were native speakers and the comfortable school environment made me feel like I was not in Mongolia.
School No. 3 is a Russian language school with only Mongolian language, literature and geography taught in Mongolian. Students choose either English or Mongolian as a language subject starting from the third grade, and choose among Japanese, German, and Chinese for study in the sixth grade. Although Mongolian language is taught for half the amount of hours its taught in other schools, students are required to take placement exams frequently.
The Mongolian-Russian School is administered by the Ministry of Education and Sciences of the Republic of Buryatia. Despite the capacity of the school being only 970, there are 2,350 students currently studying there. Though the school is open from 7:20 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., the extracurricular activities, including tutoring and child developmental programs, are forced to take place on the weekends due to a lack of classrooms. The school’s over-crowding resulted in the principal’s decision to expand the school to extend its capacity last year.
The school raised about two billion MNT, including donations from parents, external support and fines paid by teachers, and successfully added another floor on the existing two-story building. The expansion was executed by Terguun Chansaa Company, which won the open tender bid.
With the expansion of the school, about 500 students in the fifth, sixth, and seventh grade were able to study in morning shifts, however, the third and fourth graders still have their classes in the afternoon.
As the school belongs to the Russian Federation, they must operate to meet Russian standards and have a similar curriculum. The first to fifth grade students are therefore required to take choreography class, which isn’t included in the Mongolian school curriculum.
The school building meets Russian requirements and is equipped with a fire alarm system. Each classroom also has CCTV cameras, speakers, and emergency lighting. The school also expanded the cafeteria with a qualified food storage room. The cafeteria staff cooks the meals and the school doesn’t buy processed food. There are two chefs from Russia and they have a menu of eight to nine different meals.
In addition, classrooms are fully equipped with essential tools and teaching facilities which enable teachers to have interactive lessons. The school is seeking educational accreditation from the Russian Federation and preparing to undergo a quality review.
The Mongolian-Russian School is also reputable for its strict responsibility system, which attracts a number of parents hoping to get their children enrolled in the school. The school requires parents to sign a contract stating responsibilities and to prepare reports twice a year. The contract can be cancelled if the parents or legal guardians of students don’t participate in required activities and repeatedly fail to attend parent meetings. Parents are also able to see their children’s grades and attendance on the school’s website.
The students are ranked by their average grades each semester. For example, last semester the first-ranked student had an average grade of 99.6, whereas the lowest grade was 78. These grades are the results of a computer-based testing program used in Russia. Students aren’t able to cheat, as each student is given different variants.
The teachers are required to be very responsible and committed. Their salaries are among the highest for teachers, and only those who qualify in meeting the school’s tough requirements work here. Students of the school are also very responsible, as they are subject to be expelled if they show poor academic results.
S.M. Muratovich, the academic manager at the school said, “Our school became an e-school in 2006. We have the largest video lesson database in Mongolia. Students are able to access their lessons online. Currently, each class has over 50 different video lessons.”
The school maintains a good reputation through the achievements of their graduates, who rank very highly in the General Entrance Exam for universities. The students can also take the Russian Unified State Exam for admissions to universities, and those who pass can receive a General Education Diploma from the Russian Federation.
School No. 3 received the Educational Quality Diploma award of Russia in 2004. This award is granted to only the top schools based on alumni employment and higher education quality. Since 1992, 1,367 students graduated from the Mongolian- Russian school and 50 percent of them received a higher education in developing countries including the USA, Germany, Japan, Great Britain, Italy, and Russia. Many of them are employed in the best companies and organizations, not only here at home in Mongolia but also abroad.
Skills are more essential in the labor market than grades, thus, parents want their children to have a quality education. Twice named “Best Secondary School in the Country”, Mongolian-Russian School No.3 is arguably one of the top education providers in Mongolia and an example of what other schools should aim to become.
Source: Unuudur Daily

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