Children's Art Schools may be assigned a special status. The corresponding bill in the first reading was approved by the State Duma of Russia on January 20. The document was presented by the Minister of Culture of the country Olga Lyubimova.
The main goal of the law is to preserve a unique three-tier education system in the field of arts (children's art school – college – university) and consolidate the special status of creative education.
The head of the ministry noted that earlier Russian President Vladimir Putin drew attention to the fact that Children's Art Schools should not turn into circles.
According to the bill, the activities of the Children's Art School will be regulated by the regional ministries of culture. The status of children's art schools as organizations created by types of training is also consolidated.
In addition, the principle of selection to creative colleges will be changed. Entrance tests will be assessed not only by the credit system, but also by the point system. It will allow admitting the most gifted children to study programs of secondary vocational education in the field of arts.
There are 57 Children's Art Schools in the republic: 30 – in rural areas, 27 – in towns, including at the Udmurt Republican College of Culture and the Republican College of Music.
There are 1,350 teachers working in educational institutions, and the amount of students in 2020 is 19 thousand people.
Over the past year six Children's Art Schools and the Republican Music College of Culture received modern equipment for a total amount of more than 45 million rubles as a part of the national project “Culture”, initiated by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Also, the Federal Ministry of Culture plans to be empowered from 2022 to set targets for admission to subordinate universities.