Medvedev confirms education development program through 2020

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has confirmed the state program for the development of education for 2013-20, the government press service reported on Tuesday.

"The goals set in the program are to make the quality of Russian education compliant with citizens' changing demands and with the strategy of Russia's social and economic development, and to enhance the efficiency of the youth policy in the interests of innovative socially-oriented development," it said.

Among other major tasks are those of shaping a flexible system of continuous education, accountable to the public, that would promote the development of the human potential and ensure the fulfillment of the current and projected needs of the country's socioeconomic development; further developing the infrastructure and organizational-economic mechanisms guaranteeing the maximum and equal access to the services of pre-school, general and additional education for children, and upgrading educational programs within the system of pre-school, general and additional education for children aimed at achieving modern quality of learning and socialization results.

The program is intended to create a modern system of appraising the quality of education on the basis of the principles of openness, objectivity, transparency, social-professional involvement, to maintain an effective system of the young generation's socialization and self-realization, and to develop young citizens' potential.

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