DUE TO THE PANDEMIC, MORE AND MORE GRADUATES ENTER COLLEGES ONLY AFTER THE 11TH GRADE
According to the results of the admission campaign 2020, it turned out that senior high school students began to enter colleges not after the 9th grade, but after the 11th grade. Lidia Voynash, director of the Training and Methodological Center “Ukooposvita” (COOP Ukraine System), told about it.
“After analyzing the structure of college entrants, we’ve found that previously mostly ninth-grade graduating students enrolled in our colleges. This year we’ve seen an increase in the number of eleventh-graders,” she says, based on the results of the 2020 admission campaign in 20 colleges that are part of the COOP Ukraine education system across the country.
Lidia Voynash gives the main reasons for this trend changes in the conditions for admission (this year, in addition to the External Independent Evaluation, you had to take entrance exams) and the pandemic caused by a coronavirus. In particular, due to the pandemic, children and their parents increasingly believe that it is better to stay in school and study there for another two years until the situation becomes more definite. “And I guess it is the parental sentiment, when it is calmer for the children to study near home. Especially with distance education,” she noted.
However, according to Voynash, over the past six months, educational institutions have also faced some problems with distance education. Among them: the lack of a national educational electronic platform, low awareness of information technology among individual teachers, and limited access to the Internet and online resources in rural areas. In addition, not all students have modern gadgets that would allow them to study remotely.
“But it should be understood that we have no other way than distance learning, given such a rapid spread of the coronavirus. Today, technically, our educational institutions are ready to teach remotely. And if we developed a single national educational program that would define the principles of how to study in such conditions, it would greatly facilitate the situation. But so far there is nothing of the kind. This is why each educational institution decides for itself which services Zoom, Cisco WebEx, Microsoft Teams, or others are better for carrying out the educational process,” explains Lidia Voynash.
According to the results of the admission campaign in 2020, 3747 students were enrolled in the colleges of the COOP Ukraine educational system to obtain the degree of professional junior bachelor, which is 17% more than last year. Of these, 2,996 people are enrolled in full-time education and 751 in part-time education. The largest number of students is enrolled in Lviv College, College of Khmelnytskyi Institute, Poltava, Chernivtsi, Kherson, Novomoskovsk, Rivne and Kharkiv colleges.